Opposition agrees to allow Rajya Sabha functioning but mum on GST | india | Hindustan Times


Opposition parties have agreed to let Rajya Sabha function smoothly from Monday. At an all-party meeting convened by Rajya Sabha Chairperson Hamid Ansari, opposition party leaders said they were also eager to break the deadlock in the Upper House.

During the meeting, Ansari appealed parties to end disruptions in Rajya Sabha to allow passage of important legislatures. Parties have agreed to discuss all issues, however, there was no concensus on the long-pending GST Bill.

During the meeting it was also decided that discussions on matters of public importance like price rise, impact of flood and drought on agriculture, intolerance and a discussion on the developments in Arunachal Pradesh will also be taken up during the last three days.

“There has been a very meaningful discussion in the meeting. A number of parties have expressed concern over Parliament not functioning. All of them decided that the House should function. It has been decided to pass the pending government bills even by sitting for late hours,” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters after the meeting.

Naqvi said that members have agreed to compensate for the loss of legislative business in the House by working for extra hours during the last days.

There are six bills, which have already been passed in Lok Sabha but stuck in Rajya Sabha. These include two Appropriation Bills, SC ST Bill, Waterways Development Bill.

After repeated disruptions on Thursday, a furious Ansari asked the lawmakers, “Why can’t you allow questions? How can you deny other members the privilege of asking questions?”

“Government is ready to extend any cooperation but if somebody is bent upon disrupting and if they do it on a regular basis, the Chair has to take necessary action,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had said earlier reflecting the exasperation in the government with repeated disruptions in the house.

The Winter Session of Parliament is scheduled to end on Wednesday without any major business being done in either of the two houses. Regular protests in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha by the opposition led by Congress has denied the government an opportunity to table important bills Parliament. Legislation like the Appropriation Bill, GST Bill are hanging fire for a long now.

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