Budget session resumes today, Congress set to corner Govt over Uttarakhand issue

The second part of Parliament's Budget session beginning on Monday is going to be a stormy affair, as the Congress is all set to seek a discussion on the imposition of President's rule in Uttarakhand, despite government's claim that the matter being sub-judice it cannot be deliberated upon.

Updated: Apr 25, 2016, 08:21 AM IST
Budget session resumes today, Congress set to corner Govt over Uttarakhand issue

New Delhi: The second part of Parliament's Budget session beginning on Monday is going to be a stormy affair, as the Congress is all set to seek a discussion on the imposition of President's rule in Uttarakhand, despite government's claim that the matter being sub-judice it cannot be deliberated upon.

The Congress and some other parties, Janata Dal (United) (JD-U), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Biju Janata Dal (BJD), are expected to take on the Narendra Modi led government over the contentious issue.

At an all-party meeting on Sunday, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sought the cooperation of all parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament. However, it seems her efforts would go in vain as Congress' leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters after the meeting that the party MPs would move an adjournment motion seeking a discussion on it under Rule 56.

However, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy contended,"To my knowldge, the matter is before the court and when the issue is pending in court and a decision is yet to come, there is no scope for a discussion on it. The Speaker has to take a decision on it."

Speaker Mahajan, too, appeared to share the government's view.

"The court has given stay till April 27 and I don't think till 27th (there can be a discussion)," she said when asked if a discussion on Uttarakhand can be allowed.

The new session of Parliament begins on April 25 since the budget session was prorogued last month to facilitate the promulgation of an ordinance to meet the financial requirements of Uttarakhand, where central rule was imposed on March 27.

Issues pertaining to the Ishrat Jahan case and the Malegaon blast may figure prominently, especially in the Lok Sabha, BJP leaders said.