Oppn protests as govt pushes fi­nance bills

IN PAR­LIA­MENT Cen­tre planned dis­cus­sions and vot­ing on de­mands of grants of 3 min­istries

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Nation - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com ■

NEW DELHI: The gov­ern­ment on Tues­day brought key el­e­ments of the Bud­get for pas­sage in Lok Sabha amidst the on­go­ing stale­mate in Par­lia­ment prompt­ing com­plaints from op­po­si­tion par­ties that it is try­ing to bull­doze its way through with­out dis­cus­sion.

The Cen­tre on Tues­day planned dis­cus­sions and vot­ing on the De­mands for Grants of rail­ways, agri­cul­ture, and so­cial jus­tice min­istries and wanted vot­ing on the Out­stand­ing De­mands for Grants (the Guil­lo­tine) for the Union Bud­get. It also wanted to in­tro­duce the Ap­pro­pri­a­tion Bill, 2018 and the all-im­por­tant Fi­nance Bill. With sev­eral hours lost to daily dis­rup­tions, the Cen­tre’s floor man­agers are keen to com­plete pend­ing gov­ern­ment busi­ness at the ear­li­est.

The pro­posed list of busi­ness sig­nalled the in­tent of the gov­ern­ment to ag­gres­sively push these is­sues through par­lia­ment which has hardly seen any busi­ness done this ses­sion, with the Congress and a few other op­po­si­tion par­ties seek­ing a de­bate on the fraud at Pun­jab Na­tional Bank, the Tel­ugu De­sam seek­ing spe­cial sta­tus for the state of Andhra Pradesh, and the AIADMK and the DMK, the ap­point­ment of the Cau­very Man­age­ment Board.

The BJP, which called a meet­ing of its par­lia­men­tary party on Tues­day, blamed the Congress for the im­passe. Par­lia­men­tary af­fairs min­is­ter Ananth Ku­mar said af­ter the meet­ing that the rul­ing dis­pen­sa­tion has been ne­go­ti­at­ing with dif­fer­ent par­ties to break the dead­lock. “Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chair­per­son So­nia Gandhi spoke on democ­racy out­side the Par­lia­ment but don’t prac­tise it,” he said, adding that the rul­ing party has is­sued a whip to its mem­bers to en­sure their pres­ence dur­ing pas­sage of im­por­tant bills.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties such as the Congress, Tri­namool Congress, the CPI (M), the DMK and the

NCP wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Su­mi­tra Ma­ha­jan ar­gu­ing that the time was al­lot­ted for dis­cus­sions on the De­mand for Grants of six min­istries but the sched­ule of de­bate was yet to be fi­nalised. “With­out de­cid­ing/ in­form­ing the date and time of Guil­lo­tine and pass­ing of Fi­nance Bill to all Party lead­ers, it is quite un­usual to in­clude them in List of Busi­ness,” the let­ter said.

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