NEW DELHI (TIP): Amid staring crisis of a total washout of the Monsoon session by the opposition, the government has decided to call an all party meeting on Monday, July 20, to break ice and carry forward the legislative business.
Lok Sabha speaker, Sumitra Mahajan may also speak separately with different party leaders to break the expected logjam.
Modi government is hard pressed to get the parliament monsoon session moving as it has as many as 32 legislative bills to transact of which certain bills like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Land Acquisition are of key importance for the government.
The problem is that the government has only 23 days at its disposal and there are 32 bills pending before it.
Though the BJP government has enough numbers in the Lok Sabha, it is wary of opposition getting united and creating ruckus on several issues like Vyapam scam and related deaths, Lalit Modi related revelations regarding Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje. Transaction o business is expected to be very difficult in the upper house as opposition outweighs BJP’s strength there.
Out of 32 bills, 6 bills such as Juvenile Justice and Whistle Blowers have been passed by the Lok Sabha but are pending in Rajya Sabha, while 5 bills such as Readjustment of Representation of SCs and STs in parliamentary & Assembly constituencies Indian Medical Council (amendment) are pending in the Rajya Sabha and are yet to be introduced in the Lok Sabha.
As many as 17 bills, including important ones like Lokpal and Lokayuktas, Benami Transaction (Prohibition), Anti Hijacking, Compensatory Afforestation, Human Immunodeficiency Virus & Acquired Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) are yet to be introduced in both the houses.
Besides, there are three bills that have been introduced and pending in the Lok Sabha but are yet to be introduced in the Rajya Sabha, while only one bill has been passed by the Rajya Sabha and is pending in Lok Sabha.
Also, there are 32 reports that are waiting to be presented by the standing committee.