Congress MPs to play constructive role for key bills
NEW DELHI: Despite the recent stand-offs in Parliament during discussions on intolerance and commitment to the Constitution, the Congress has decided it will not obstruct non-contentious legislative business but strongly raise issues of public importance in both Houses.
A Congress strategy meeting chaired by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday, however, decided to corner the government in Parliament on issues such as price rise, black money and corruption. Party leaders stressed the need for greater coordination among members of both Houses on crucial issues. There is a growing realisation in the Congress that stalling Parliament could prove counter-productive as some of the “friendly Opposition parties” wanted the two Houses to function so that the government could be held answerable on certain issues.
Even on the goods and services tax (GST) issue, the main Opposition party is inclined to accommodate the government’s concerns in its negotiations over the constitutional amendment bill.
“How long can you block a bill which had been brought by your own government?” said a Congress functionary privy to Thursday’s strategy deliberations. The Congress will formalise its response to government proposals on the GST in an internal meeting to be held soon after party chief Sonia Gandhi’s return from the US.
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