Government urges parties to let Parliament run

The government on Tuesday urged all political parties to ensure Parliament functions smoothly.

New Delhi: Apprehending the opposition will disrupt parliament over issues like the chopper deal, land bill, food security bill, price rise and hanging of Afzal Guru, the government Tuesday urged all political parties to ensure it functions smoothly.

"I urged all parties that members come not to obstruct parliament but to ensure it works," Parliamentary Affairs minister Kamal Nath told reporters.

The budget session of parliament starts Feb 21.

Kamal Nath, who met chief whips of various political parties earlier in the day, said the opposition would want to discuss controversial issues like the AgustaWestland chopper deal, land acquisition bill, food security bill, price rise of food items, and the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

"Our effort will be to find convergence...we have a lot of business at hand and there is time constraint...We hope to do substantial business in the session," he said.

According to the minister, though the government has listed around 71 bills to be introduced and passed in the session, its priority would be three ordinances, including the one on anti-rape law, besides the 13 items listed under financial business.

"The motion of thanks on the president`s address, the general budget, the railway budget and the Jharkhand budget have to be passed on priority," said Kamal Nath.

The government has listed 16 bills for introduction and 35 for passing during the budget session, which will have 31 working days.

Among the key draft legislations the government wants to pass are the companies bill, judicial accountability bill, Lokpal bill, food security bill and the land acquisition bill.

The session will start on Feb 21 and will run till March 22 when it will have a break to approve the demand for grants of various ministries. The house will reconvene April 22 and will conclude May 10.