Parliament Resumes Today; Opposition Determined To Fight Government On Land Bill

20/04/2015 7:30 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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An Indian farmer listens to a speaker as they gather near the parliament for a protest against the land acquisition bill, in New Delhi, India, Monday, March 16, 2015. The bill currently in parliament proposes to ease rules for acquiring land to facilitate infrastructure projects. (AP Photo / Manish Swarup)

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi might be looking forward to a “productive session, filled with constructive debates” as Parliament reconvenes after an intra-session break, but it remains doubtful whether the Opposition, determined to fight the land acquisition bill "tooth and nail", will let that happen.

"Parliament session begins today. I look forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues," Modi tweeted out at 7:00 AM today.

The first part of Budget session that began on February 20, 2015 continued till March 20, 2015 when both the Houses were adjourned to enable the department related standing committees to examine the Demands for Grants of respective ministries.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said on Sunday that the party will oppose the land acquisition bill "tooth and nail" as well as any "divisive and confrontational" policies of the Narendra Modi government.

Tharoor also termed Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's address at a farmer's rally here as a "new boost" to the party's momentum. Tharoor, a Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, said the party had been "very constructive in parliament" and had supported the BJP-led NDA on the insurance bill.

"We supported those issues which we believe were in the national interest. We believe the amendments in the land acquisition bill are not in the national interest; and we will oppose it tooth and nail in whatever forums that are available to us; in this case the committees as well as Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha," Tharoor told IANS.

On March 17, Sonia Gandhi had led an opposition march against the land bill to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The 234th Session of Rajya Sabha was prorogued and the new session was summoned on April 23 and will come to an end on May 13 subject to the exigencies of business.

Both the Houses will have 13 sittings each in the second part of the Budget session of Parliament.

Financial business including discussion on demands for grants for railways and some select ministries and general budget for 2015-16 and the passing of relevant Appropriation Bills and Finance Bill constitute the main agenda of the government business for the second part of Budget session.

Lok Sabha is likely to discuss the Demands for Grants of Ministries of Home, Health and Family Welfare, Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Chemicals and Fertilisers and Drinking Water & Sanitation.

Rajya Sabha is likely to discuss the working of the Ministries of Law and Justice, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment and External Affairs.

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is slated for introduction in Lok Sabha on April 20, 2015. The Government is keen that both Houses of Parliament take up for consideration the GST Bill, Disclosure of Foreign Income and Assets Bill and the Real Estate (Development and Regulation) Bill during the second part of the Budget session.

The first part of Budget session that began on February 20, 2015 continued till March 20, 2015 when both the Houses were adjourned to enable the department related standing committees to examine the Demands for Grants of respective ministries.

Subsequently, the 234th Session of Rajya Sabha was prorogued and the new session was summoned on April 23 and will come to an end on May 13 subject to the exigencies of business.

Both the Houses will have 13 sittings each in the second part of the Budget session of Parliament.

Financial business including discussion on demands for grants for railways and some select ministries and general budget for 2015-16 and the passing of relevant Appropriation Bills and Finance Bill constitute the main agenda of the government business for the second part of Budget session.

Lok Sabha is likely to discuss the Demands for Grants of Ministries of Home, Health and Family Welfare, Environment and Forests and Climate Change, Chemicals and Fertilisers and Drinking Water & Sanitation.

Rajya Sabha is likely to discuss the working of the Ministries of Law and Justice, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Social Justice and Empowerment and External Affairs.

The Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2015 is slated for introduction in Lok Sabha on April 20, 2015. The Government is keen that both Houses of Parliament take up for consideration the GST Bill, Disclosure of Foreign Income and Assets Bill and the Real Estate (Development and Regulation) Bill during the second part of the Budget.

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