First day of the second-half of Budget Session in Parliament starting on Thursday is likely to be a stormy one.
First day of the second-half of Budget Session in Parliament starting on Thursday is likely to be a stormy one even as Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in Parliament on the killing of a suspected ISIS terrorist in Lucknow and blast in a train at Shajapur in Madhya Pradesh. Opposition Congress on the other will look to corner the Narendra Modi government attacks on Indians in the US. The Home Minister is expected to make a detailed statement in Parliament on the two incidents in Lucknow and in Shajapur, according to a report. Congress today gave adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on ‘hatred generating for Indians in USA’
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said that the party will raise the issues of attack on Indians in the US and the anti-terror operation of Lucknow, in which a youth was killed, as well as the bomb blast in a train near Bhopal. “On Thursday, these two issues will be raised. We will decide on other issues to be raised in rest of the session later,” Kharge said.
The suspected ISIS terrorist was killed in a house on the outskirts of Lucknow early today after a 12-hour long operation. The terror suspect Saifullah is suspected to be linked with the blast in the train in Madhya Pradesh yesterday, police said. Ten people were injured, three of them seriously, in the IED blast in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train at Shajapur.
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The first part of the session started on January 31 and concluded on February 9 after presentation of Union Budget and passage of motion of thanks to President’s address to the joint sitting of both the Houses.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that the government is prepared to take up any discussion opposition parties want. “The government is prepared to discuss all issues raised by the opposition subject to permission of the presiding officers,” Naqvi said.
The minister told IANS that pending bills, including the ones relating to Goods and Services Tax and Enemy Property, are among those on the government’s agenda. “There are 20 new bills on the agenda of the government,” Naqvi said.
Leaders from different parties felt that the mood of the session will depend on the results of assembly elections in five states — Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur. Asked about it, Naqvi did not deny the possible impact of the results of assembly polls to five states on the session.
Maintaining the tempo for the much-awaited Goods and Services Tax (GST) against the backdrop of the crucial Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the Finance Ministry had said the bill will be presented before the Cabinet on March 22, according to a report.
The government, which is leaving no stone unturned to lose its sight on the biggest tax reform, has said that the Central GST Law, Integrated GST Law, State GST Law and Union Territory GST and Compensation Law will be put together for the Cabinet’s approval on March 22. However, the Finance Ministry has said that it will table the CGST, IGST and Compensation Law before the Parliament on March 27.
The Finance Minister sources have also cleared the air on SGST and UTGST, which will be cleared in the GST Council meet scheduled on March 16. Also, it is likely that few more cesses will be added in the kitty to boost resources to compensate states. It will include Infra cess, Oil industry Development cess, and Swachh Bharat cess amongst others.
Earlier, the GST Council chaired by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley approved the draft CGST Bill and the draft IGST Bill as vetted by the Union Law Ministry. It cleared the deck for the Central Government to take these two Bills to the Parliament for their passage in the ongoing Budget Session.
Noisy protests over PM Modi’s demonetisation move had stalled Parliament in the Winter Session. Senior BJP leader L K Advani had on December 7 expressed deep distress over the way the Lok Sabha proceedings were being conducted, saying neither the Speaker nor the Parliamentary Affairs Minister was running the House.
(With agency inputs)