With less than 24 hours for the monsoon session of Parliament, the Modi government and the Opposition are gearing up for what promises to be yet another stormy session.
Ahead of the monsoon session beginning tomorrow, Modi held back-to-back meetings with BJP’s parliamentary executive committee and later NDA constituents where the strategy to aggressively counter the Opposition campaign against top party leaders, including Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan, was given final touches.
“The question of resignation does not arise”. The panel has chose to seek a two-week extension in one go now, the sources said. “There is no question of accepting ultimatum by anybody”.
The meeting assumes significance as main opposition Congress and the Left have stacked up ammunition on several issues including the Vyapam scam and the Lalit Modi row involving a host of senior BJP leaders, to target the government.
Quoting SP leader Ramgopal Yadav, Mr. Modi said, “It is time that we should move forward on the land bill issue, incorporating suggestions from all sides”. Shri Naidu ruled out resignations as being demanded by the Congress.
BJP president Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu were also present.
In other developments, the BJP demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the payment of $976,630 in bribes allegedly to a former minister and officials in Goa by the New Jersey-based consultancy firm Louis Berger. Yesterday, the all-party meet was fruitful; we want everyone to work together in this session. He also told the leaders that the government has to take the initiative and responsibility to run the Parliament, but this responsibility has to be shared by all. Sources said the government would have to promulgate another ordinance on the Land Acquisition Bill after already coming out with three ordinances even though the bill was once passed by the LS but had lapsed as it could not clear the Rajya Sabha. The government has denied the charge.
He said in the last session, some political parties had assured of their cooperation in having the Parliament do important business, so he hoped that they would help in arriving at good decisions in the interest of the country.
But the opposition remained adamant.
Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav was more candid.
BJP leaders held a series of meetings on Sunday evening to discuss the party’s strategy for parliament.
The same happened with the Industrial Disputes (Amendment) Ordinance, 1996, the Arbitration and Conciliation Ordinance, 1996 and The Depository Ordinance, 1996 which were promulgated twice by the Rao government and once more by the Deve Gowda dispensation, which succeeded him.
He also said Sushma Swaraj was keen to make a statement in respect of the allegations against her regarding Lalit Modi’s travel documents. We have to start from somewhere. Never mind if your profit margins fall. I know the state of poor people in the nation because I have come from that background.