Parliament session beginning Monday set to be stormy; Congress to corner govt on Uttarakhand

 The second half of the Budget Session of Parliament is set to begin from Monday and from all the indications, it is likely to be a stormy affair.

Delhi: The second half of the Budget Session of Parliament is set to begin from Monday and from all the indications, it is likely to be a stormy affair.

The Opposition are said to have closed ranks over the imposition of Presidents' rule in Uttarakhand, with the Congress saying on Sunday that it will work with like-minded parties and try to put government in the dock on a variety of issues including developments in the hill state.

Congress leaders also indicated that an adjournment motion on the Uttarkhand issue would be brought in the Lok Sabha tomorrow and plans are also afoot to embarass the government in the Rajya Sabha on the matter.

Congress backed by the Left, JD(U) and other Opposition parties, is determined to corner the Centre over the imposition of President's rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, calling it an 'assault' on the federal structure.

The NDA government is likely to counter the attack citing instances of imposition of President's rule when Congress governments or governments backed by it or other opposition parties were in power at the Centre.

Government sources claimed President's rule was imposed 111 times in the country since 1951, out of which it happened 91 times when BJP or NDA was not in power, as per PTI.

Apart from the Uttarakhand issue, Congress will also target the government over the Pathankot terror attack, the Ishrat Jahan case, drought management and alleged communalisation of educational institutes.

Meanwhile, the government has listed a heavy agenda for the session, including passage of 13 bills in Lok Sabha and 11 bills in Rajya Sabha.

However, there is understanding among its floor managers that pushing the contentious measures like GST won't be possible in first few days, as per reports.

On the other hand, the of sacking the Harish Rawat government figured prominently at an all-party meeting called by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today.

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.

After the near wash-out of the two sessions last year, the government is looking ahead to the second half of the Budget session to push bills, including the key Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, touted as the biggest tax reform in India.

The financial business, including discussion on demands for grants of various ministries in Lok Sabha and working of some ministries in Rajya Sabha, consideration and passing of the Railways Appropriation Bill, 2016 and Finance Bill, 2016 constitutes the main agenda of this session of Parliament. 

The bills to be taken up in Parliament include the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Second Bill, 2015.

The report of Joint Committee of Parliament is awaited on this matter.

During the 15 sittings of the session, besides ratification of Presidential Proclamation in Uttarakhand under Article 356 of the Constitution, two Ordinances-the Uttarakhand Appropriation (Vote on Account) Ordinance, 2016 and The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Second Ordinance, 2016 are also on the agenda.

(With PTI inputs)

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