Poll curtailment effect: Key bills not to be discussed

Important Bills relating to Women`s Reservation, impeachment of Justice Soumitra Sen and Food Security will not be discussed in the House.

Last Updated: Mar 04, 2011, 19:44 PM IST

New Delhi: With the Budget session of
Parliament being curtailed to end on March 25 in view of
assembly polls in five states, important Bills relating to
Women`s Reservation, impeachment of Justice Soumitra Sen and
Food Security will not be discussed in the House.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, chaired
by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, today recommended ending
the Budget Session by March 25, curtailing it from the
original date of April 21, in view of the elections in Assam,
West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pudduchery.

The polling process will start on April 4 and the
results will come out on May 13.

However, the government will not prorogue Parliament and
may convene the second part of the Budget session from May 23
to June 10.

The curtailment of the session will also mean the money
bills will not go through the usual scrutiny by the Standing
Committees.

BJP, which was earlier opposing cutting short of the
session on this ground, has now given up its demand.

The Business Advisory Committee of Lok Sabha was
informed about the decision and it agreed to discuss the
General Budget on March 8-9. The reply to the debate will take
place on March 10.

The Finance Bill will come up for discussion on March
21-22 and be passed on March 22 before being sent to the Rajya
Sabha.

The Demands for Grants for various ministries will be
guillotined on March 17.

BJP has demanded a discussion on the working of the
Ministry of External Affairs, Congress on the Mining ministry,
Samajwadi Party on Rural Development and JD(U) on Surface
Transport.

The reply to the debate on railway budget 2011-12 will
take place on March 7.

The Opposition has also demanded a calling attention
motion on attacks on Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy.
This will take place on March 18.

The Lok Sabha will discuss on March 11 the killing of 32
people in Rewari, Haryana, during 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

PTI