PM hosts allies to dinner to move key reform Bills
The UPA's two main outside supporters — the SP and BSP — have recently been extended such hospitality by Singh.
Addressing the media, Chidambaram reminded all political parties of “a very heavy legislative agenda” during the coming winter session and urged them to stand the government in good stead to carry the agenda through.
The government, which is working against a political calendar and facing the daunting task of reining in the fiscal deficit in a slackening economy, desperately wants to ensure that the reform Bills are approved by Parliament.
The important economic agenda for the winter session of Parliament beginning on November 22 includes amendment to the Insurance Bill to raise the foreign direct investment (FDI) cap from 26% to 49%, the Pension Fund Regulatory & Development Authority Bill, Banking Laws Amendment Bill, the long-pending Companies Bill, the Direct Taxes Code and the Land Acquisition Bill that seeks to make it easier for industry to mobilise land for projects.
Chidambaram said Singh had already met parties that are supportive of these Bills and would
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