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    Bills for Parliament session look like Rahul Gandhi's poll agenda: Sushma Swaraj | NDTV.com

    All India | Edited by Devesh Kumar | Updated: February 03, 2014 16:36 IST


    The BJP's Sushma Swaraj today took a robust swipe at the ruling Congress when she observed at an all-party meeting that the list of 39 bills that the government has lined up for the two-week session of Parliament beginning on Wednesday, "looks like your leader's (Rahul Gandhi's) agenda and the Congress' election programme."

    "Why should we follow your leader's wishes?" she asked.

    That said, however, the BJP has informed the government that it has no objection to helping it pass any of the bills, but wants to know if the houses will be allowed to run by the Congress' own members and others. "The last two sessions were sacrificed to chaos over Telangana. If the government can assure us that the House will function peacefully, we have no problem in passing the anti-corruption and other bills," Ms Swaraj said.

    The UPA government urgently wants to push through six anti-graft bills that Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi says form the bulwark of his fight against corruption, his chief election agenda. It will also attempt to pass the long-languishing women's reservation bill and the contentious Telangana statehood bill.

    The Telangana Bill was last week rejected by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly, also led by the Congress, setting up a confrontation now expected to play out in Parliament between MPs, across parties, from Andhra Pradesh who want the state split to create Telangana and those who oppose it.

    The Left and other parties like Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party have suggested that the government should not attempt to push anything through except crucial financial bills. They argue that with only months left before the general elections, new bills should now be left for a new government to pass.

    "39 Bills, 12 days of business. Considering them all is out of question, Government needs to prioritize,'' tweeted senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury after attending the all-party meeting.

    Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress wanted the vote-on-account forwarded so that the session could close, but the government has said budget papers are not ready.

    The session begins on February 5 and will end on February 20; it is the last parliamentary sitting before the national election due by May.
     
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    Re: Bills for Parliament session look like Rahul Gandhi's poll agenda:

    Winter Session of Parliament to resume on Feb 5 to pass 'Vote-on-Account' budget ahead of Lok Sabha polls | NDTV.com

    The current Lok Sabha will meet for the last time from February 5 to February 21 to pass a 'Vote-on-Account' budget ahead of the Lok Sabha elections expected to be held in April-May.

    "Parliament will meet from February 5 to 21. Yes, it will be continuation of the winter session," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters after yesterday's meeting of Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs in New Delhi chaired by Defence Minister A K Antony.

    Sources later said the 'Vote-on-Account' is likely to be taken up on February 17.

    The coming session will be a continuation of the winter session as both Houses were not prorogued.

    During the session, government also plans to ensure passage of some anti-corruption legislations which have been identified by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi as the broader "framework" to fight graft.

    Whistleblowers' Protection Bill, Judicial Accountability Bill, Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, Citizens Charter Bill, The Electronic Delivery of Services Bill, The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Public Procurement Bill are pending in Parliament.

    Mr Gandhi had wanted extension of the winter session for passage of these Bills.

    A total of 126 bills - 62 in Lok Sabha and 64 in Rajya Sabha - are pending at various stages.

    With elections looming large, government goes for a vote-on-account budget without any policy measures being disclosed or taxes levied, a job it leaves to the new government to undertake.

    Election Commission sources have said Lok Sabha polls may be held in April-May in five to six phases.
     
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    Doubtful if key legislations can be passed this Parliament session: Chidambaram - The Times of India

    NEW DELHI: Finance minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday said it was doubtful whether any key legislation, except for the vote-on-account, will be passed in the current session of Parliament which began today.

    "If Parliament does not meet to pass laws, and beginning today you will see Parliament will meet, but I doubt whether it will pass any law. "We have to go through the ritual of attending Parliament everyday and come back empty handed," he said.

    Chidambaram was addressing students of Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) at its business conclave. Later talking to reporters, he said the Finance Bill, Vote-on-Account and Appropriation Bill will be passed. "...but if it is passed without debate or discussion, I won't be happy. I want it to pass with discussion and debate," the finance minister said.

    Government has listed several bills which it seeks to pass during the session which will end on February 21.

    Besides the interim budget, government wants to pass the Telangana Bill as well as some anti-corruption legislations.

    Meanwhile, terming possible disruptions of parliamentary proceedings over the Telangana issue as "hiccups", Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told reporters outside Parliament House that he hoped all sections will have the wisdom to set aside "prejudices" to ensure harmonious working of the session.

    Responding to a query on cut in prices of CNG and PNG ahead of the general elections, Chidambaram said government has not given any sops, but has only rationalised some prices.

    "Government has not given any sops. Just because you guys call it a sop, it does not become a sop. Government has rationalised some prices, that is a decision taken by oil market companies," he said.

    Government has decided to cut CNG prices by about Rs 15 per kg and cooking gas piped to kitchens by about Rs 5 per cubic meter.

    The finance minister also assured that the red line for fiscal deficit drawn by him 18 months ago will not be breached.

    "... have no doubt in your mind... The fiscal deficit will be contained at 4.8 per or below (of the GDP in 2013-14)," he said.

    Chidambaram also said that when he lays down office, he will leave a more stable economy than what it was two years ago.

    Stressing that India has the potential to grow at 8-9 per cent for next 20-30 years owing to its demographic advantages and resources, he said anything that comes in the way of growth must be opposed.

    India's economic growth estimate for the fiscal 2012-13 has been revised downward to 4.5 per cent, a decade low, from earlier projection of 5 per cent. In the current fiscal too, the Reserve Bank expects the GDP growth to be below 5 per cent.
     

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