The Parliament’s Winter Session is expected to witness heat as the Opposition looks to corner the Modi government on the economic slowdown and the situation in Kashmir
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his customary remarks at an all-party meeting said that the government is ready to discuss every issue .
In the last session of Parliament passed the bifurcation of the then state of Jammu and Kashmir and nullifying Article 370.
The previous session of Parliament created a record for most Bills passed in the last 67 years. During the session, the Lok Sabha worked for 281 hours, or 135 percent of the scheduled hours.
On Sunday, Opposition leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad of the Congress, raised the continuing “illegal” detention of mainstream leaders in Jammu and Kashmir like Farooq Abdullah and said they will take up issues like economic slowdown and unemployment in the session.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with leaders of various political parties attend an all-party meet ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament.
In the previous session, the BJP-led NDA had left the Opposition stunned by winning over independent regional parties, especially in the Rajya Sabha where the treasury benches lacked most, and wooing a number of rival leaders to get a host of bills passed. However, this time, the Congress-led grouping has some reasons to feel emboldened over recent political developments.
The 18 Sena MPs in the Lok Sabha and three in Rajya Sabha have now been allotted seats in the Opposition rows after the party severed ties with its longtime ally BJP and is in talks with the Congress-NCP alliance to form government in Maharashtra.
The government has listed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a key BJP plank which is aimed at granting nationality to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring countries.