Ready to discuss all issues, says PM ahead of Winter Session of Parliament

The Winter Session of Parliament begins tomorrow. The Session will have 20 sittings. It will end on the 13th of next month. Ahead of the Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today assured at all-party meeting that the government is ready to discuss all issues. During the meeting in New Delhi, Mr Modi said the most important job of Parliament is to discuss and debate. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the Prime Minister urged the political parties to make Winter Session of Parliament productive, like the last one. He said Mr Modi stated that constructive discussions in Parliament keep the bureaucracy.

Mr Joshi said the Prime Minister also talked about the Constitution Day to be observed on 26th of this month. Mr Modi said the Constitution and the democratic system of the country are unique and this should be branded.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said the Opposition raised about the detention of Lok Sabha MP Farooq Abdullah and demanded that he be allowed to attend the Session. Another Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the Opposition demanded that the issues of economic slowdown, job losses and farm distress must be discussed during the Session.

TMC leader Sudip Bandopadhyaya demanded a discussion on unemployment in the country. The meeting was attended by BJP chief Amit Shah, Derek O’Brien of TMC, Chirag Paswan of the LJP, Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party, Jayadev Galla of Telugu Desam, Satish Chandra Mishra of Bahujan Samaj Party, T . R. Baalu of DMK and Navneetha Krishnan of AIADMK and others.

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu also held a meeting of the leaders of several parties in the Upper House today. A meeting of the ruling NDA allies was also held this afternoon in Parliament House. Yesterday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had appealed to all political parties for cooperation to ensure smooth functioning of the House.

AIR Correspondent reports, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, economic slowdown, unemployment and the government’s plan to bring the Citizenship bill are some of the issues that are likely to figure in the session. The government also plans to convert two ordinances into law. One ordinance reducing corporate tax rate for new and domestic manufacturing companies to arrest a slowdown in the economy and boost growth was issued in September to give effect to amendments in the Income Tax Act, 1961 and Finance Act, 2019.

The second ordinance, also issued in September, banned the sale, manufacture and storage of e-cigarettes and similar products. The first session was very productive which saw both the Houses adopting key legislations such as the one to penalise the practise of instant Triple Talaq and the other giving more powers to the National Investigation Agency. The two Houses had also passed a resolution scrapping special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcating the state into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.