Advani rues shortest Budget session of Parliament
Senior BJP leader L K Advani said the government should have fine-tuned the schedules of Parliament and elections in five states to ensure that the just-concluded Budget session had all the sittings.
New Delhi: Senior BJP leader L K Advani on Sunday said the government should have fine-tuned the schedules
of Parliament and elections in five states to ensure that the
just-concluded Budget session had all the sittings.
"The dates of the Budget session and the poll schedule
for the states could have been properly coordinated," Advani
said in his latest blog.
He felt, "If the government and the Election Commission
had had an informal interaction early in January, this
situation could have been avoided."
The NDA working chairman`s comments came after
Parliament adjourned sine die on Friday in view of Assembly
elections in five states though it was earlier scheduled to
have a second phase in April.
"This may have been the shortest Budget Session in many
years" on the ground that the Election Commission had
announced the programme of polls for four states and a Union
Apparently with an eye on the upcoming Assembly
elections particularly in Assam, where Muslims constitute a
sizable chunk of the electorate, Advani lauded the works being
done by NDA-ruled states for the minority community.
In the blog, Advani referred to the speech of
Shahnawaz Hussain, BJP`s lone Muslim face in the Lok Sabha, on
a motion to discuss the educational condition of minorities,
to highlight NDA-ruled states` contribution for the welfare of
"In his excellent speech Shahnawaz cited numerous
statistics contrasting the prosperity of Muslims in Gujarat
with the problems of Muslims elsewhere in the country," Advani
He also complimented Hussain for his reference to the
contribution of Muslims to the Indian cricket team, saying
three key players - Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and Yusuf Pathan
- are from the BJP-ruled Gujarat.