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Reforms bills may be victim of parliamentary logja

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 22:20

New Delhi: Unrelenting protest from the opposition on coal mines allocation scam and JPC on 2G spectrum in Parliament may end up scuttling government plans to get crucial legislation like the Insurance, Pension and Land Acquisition Bills passed in the second half of the budget session.

With just 11 working days left in this Parliament session and disruptions in both Houses continuing, senior UPA ministers feel only the Finance Bill and the rail budget will get passed.

Sources in both the government and the opposition, including BJP and the Left, maintain that no Bill is likely to come up for discussion this week.

BJP and the Left are opposed to the Insurance and Pensions Bills which propose to increase FDI from 26 to 49 per cent.

With the opposition pressing for the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, a consensus on these two Bills appears a far cry, sources said.

But Finance Minister P Chidambaram is still hopeful of a consensus and is reportedly in touch with Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and her Rajya Sabha counterpart Arun Jaitley.
The Land Acquisition Bill, on which a consensus had emerged between UPA government and BJP, is also hanging fire due to the current impasse. Government sources said it would be difficult to discuss and pass this Bill in both Houses in such a short time.

A meeting of all parties is likely to take place on the Food Security Bill. BJP, Left and even some sections of UPA are opposed to certain provisions of the proposed legislation. In this scenario, it is unlikely that the Bill will be passed in the current session.


First Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 22:20

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