NDA leaders will meet on Wednesday at Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu’s house to work out a floor strategy for the month-long Winter-session of Parliament beginning November 26. Naidu will also hold a meeting with leaders of all Opposition parties within a week. Lok Sabha Speaker holds an all-party meeting a day or two before a session begins.
Emboldened by Bihar election results, the opposition is planning to corner the government as reflected in the statements of some of its leaders. Concerned over these statements, Naidu has urged them not to interpret the Bihar polls result as a “mandate to disrupt Parliament”. He has also sought the assistance of the opposition in passing key reform bills.
Indianmandarins has learnt that there are eight pending bills in Lok Sabha and 11 in Rajya Sabha. However, the most important bill hanging fire is the one on GST whose passage is crucial to India’s economic integration as well as improving its overall business climate. It is learnt that the GST bill could get passed with amendments, but the opposition is likely to raise a lot of hue and cry over the easing of FDI investment in a number of sectors announced by the government before Prime Minister Narendra Modi went on a tour of Britain and for attending the Brics and G-20 summits in Turkey.
Monsoon session was an absolute washout and the government is apparently in no mood to allow its repetition.