Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Hope for positive, innovative arguments during Winter Session: PM Modi

Hope for positive, innovative arguments during Winter Session: PM Modi

Speaking at a meeting on the Session's eve, Modi again pitched for simultaneous polls for the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies saying that holding elections once in five years will boost development. At parliamentary party meets, Modi and Shah have repeatedly asked lawmakers to be present in full strength.

As Winter Session of Parliament begins on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that the session is a productive one.

"Either the government should prove the claim or the Prime Minister must apologise. Nothing short of an apology will satisfy us", its leader Anand Sharma said.

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Not much work, however, may take place even on Monday as everyone will be glued to the TV news channels for the results of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections slated on that day.

Delayed by nearly a month due to the polls, this Session will have fewer sittings than the usual-it has 14 work days compared to 21 in the last Winter Session-but the Government is hopeful of pushing its legislative agenda in the short time.

During the session, the Muslim Women Right on Marriage Bill related to triple talaq and legislation on granting Constitutional status to the Backward Class Commission are among the important bills which will be taken up for discussion and passage.

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The House is to adjourn for the day to pay respect to the sitting members who died since last session that ended on August 11 and so there is no mention of the questions.

"A list showing Government Business will be issued separately".

Opposition parties also plan to raise issues like the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST), demonetisation, price rise and rural distress. "They should respect the opposition", Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said.

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