Ahead of the Budget 2016, in a meet with opposition parties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that his government was willing to walk the extra mile and discuss various issues of concern and hoped that the session functions smoothly.
After the meet, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that all parties spoke in one voice that Parliament should function smoothly – the meet was convened by the prime minister to ensure a smooth budget session that begins on February 23.
“The prime minister told the meeting that the government is always willing to walk the extra mile and take up discussion on every issue,” Naidu said.
However, Naidu revealed that the representatives of opposition parties raised the issues concerning Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Hyderabad University to which Modi reacted by saying reassuringly that he was not the prime minister of a party but of the entire country and that the government will take appropriate measures on the issues raised.
Some parties asked how sedition charges can be levelled against a student leader of the JNU to which Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was present at the meeting, said that highly objectionable slogans were raised on the campus and an inquiry into the matter should be allowed to be completed.
Modi said there should be a discussion on all these issues in Parliament and the government will give its reply.