“All party leaders should move forward on the bill”, the prime minister told an all-party meeting here, a day before parliament opens its monsoon session.
Addressing the Meeting of Leaders of all Parties and Groups in both the Houses of Parliament convened today ahead of the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning tomorrow, Shri Modi endorsed the views expressed by Shri Ramgopal Yadav of Samajvadi Party in the matter.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy quoted Modi as saying that his government was willing to accept all good suggestions from opposition parties on various issues.
Congress chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia has already said that the issue of Vyapam scam will be raised during Parliament session and accused the Madhya Pradesh government of “inaction” in probing the massive scandal, which allegedly has claimed the lives of many accused and witnesses. “I am hopeful that good decisions and more decisions will be taken in this session”, he said. The party has moved a motion in the Rajya Sabha seeking to set aside normal business to discuss the Lalit Modi controversy.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister called a meeting of the NDA partners this evening. Modi also met party leaders and ministers on Sunday. He said that “Government has no problem to discuss every issue and any issue anytime”.
Modi’s right-wing government, which swept to power previous year on a pledge to revive the economy, aims to push through a series of reforms during the 21-day session including introducing a new national sales tax.
He was clearly putting up a fearless front and being optimistic about the three-week-long session, which begins from Tuesday.
In a big setback to Congress, the Trinamool Congress has said that they are not in favour of raising the Lalit Modi controversy in Parliament.
Azad remembered about the Railways Minister, Pawan Kumar Bansal, and the then Maharashtra Chief Minister, Ashok Chavan, had resigned after allegations were leveled against them, implying that, it will be better if even BJP leaders do the same. He wants the House to discuss “facilitation of issue of British travel documents for an Indian citizen wanted by law and enforcement agencies by an Union minister and filing of an affidavit by a senior leader, presently chief minister, before British authorities to support the application for British residence” of the same person.
The party is trying to get its act together not only to frustrate the Opposition but to also assure its allies that the charges against the Chief Ministers are baseless.
Naidu said that 29 opposition parties did not back the Congress stand on not allowing the House to function. Important Bills just like the GST are coming.
Azad said that it was upto Prime Minister Narendra Modi to decide whether the monsoon session of the Parliament will run or not.