New Delhi: Government on Friday made it clear that
its top priority is to clear the legislative agenda in the
remaining part of the Parliament session before dealing with
any Opposition-sponsored adjournment motion on black money.
"One thing has to be clearly understood is that
Parliament`s first business and top priority is legislative
agenda. The primary function is to take up legislative
business," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal
told reporters here.
His remarks came in response to questions whether the
adjournment motion being strongly advocated by the BJP in the
wake of LK Advani`s rath yatra against black money and
corruption could come up next week.
While the Winter Session of Parliament is half way
through, it has been able to pass only two bills so far due to
disruptions for nine days.
A senior minister, who declined to be identified, said
the government`s insistence would be on the passage of minor
amendment bills like chartered accountants, LIC Bill and
Architect Bill and Copyright Bill.
As nine days of the Winter Session have been already lost,
the emphasis of the government will be on consideration of as
many minor bills as possible.
The talk in UPA circles is that the government will have
to talk to the allies on all major bills so as to avoid
embarrassment like suspension of FDI in multi-brand retail.