The second half of the Budget Session will resume in the Parliament on Thursday as politicians and common people wait with bated breath for the results of the elections in five states.
We'll have to wait and watch whether the results of the polls in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Goa, Manipur, and Uttarakhand will affect the proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament.
What is likely to affect Parliamentary proceedings is the issue of attacks on Indians in the US and the anti-terror operation in Lucknow, which will be raised in Parliament on the first day of the second-half of Budget Session, the Congress had said on Wednesday.
Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told IANS that on Thursday, the party will raise the issues of attack on Indians in the US and the anti-terror operation of Lucknow, in which a youth was killed, as well as the bomb blast in a train near Bhopal.
"On Thursday, these two issues will be raised. We will decide on other issues to be raised in rest of the session later," Kharge had told IANS.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh is expected to make a statement on both issues on Thursday, according to informed sources in the Home Ministry.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had said that the government is prepared to take up any discussion opposition parties want.
"The government is prepared to discuss all issues raised by the opposition subject to permission of the presiding officers," Naqvi had said.
The minister had told IANS that pending bills, including the ones relating to Goods and Services Tax and Enemy Property, are among those on the government's agenda.
"There are 20 new bills on the agenda of the government," Naqvi had told IANS.
Leaders from different parties felt that the mood of the session will depend on the results of assembly elections in five states.
Asked about it, Naqvi did not deny the possible impact of the results of assembly polls to five states on the session.
Meanwhile, Hindustan Times reported that leaders from the Opposition are also talking with the Shiv Sena, BJP's ally in NDA, to join the Opposition on a "case-to-case" basis to criticise the BJP.
"The Sena has seen how the BJP has crept into its turf in Maharashtra in the last civic body polls. The Sena wants to be more vocal against the BJP on a number of issues even as it is a part of the NDA government," the report quoted a leader as saying.
With inputs from agencies
Published Date: Mar 09, 2017 01:43 pm | Updated Date: Mar 09, 2017 01:43 pm