NEW DELHI: The government is gearing up for a tough winter session. Senior leaders have been holding meetings to chalk out a strategy to ensure conduct of legislative business in the Parliament session that begins on November 26. Senior party leaders are already in touch with some leaders of the Opposition, appealing for support on crucial bills, especially the Goods and Services Tax Bill that is pending in the Rajya Sabha. Parliamentary affairs minister Venkaiah Naidu on Monday expressed confidence about getting Opposition’s support for the GST bill.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is returning on Tuesday night, has called a meeting of BJP’s parliamentary party’s executive committee on November 25 to finalise the strategy. He has also invited all NDA leaders to his residence for an intensive interaction on the same day. “Though Naidu held a meeting of NDA allies on Sunday, the PM wants to meet them personally since some of them have made adverse statements following the Bihar results.
The PM wants to address their restlessness,” a senior BJP leader revealed. Naidu said he was in touch with some Opposition parties and they had given some suggestions that would be considered.
In addition to the GST bill, the government’s priority was to take up the three ordinancerelated bills. While land ordinance had been allowed to lapse, the other two that the government was keen to see through were the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015, dealing with cheque bounce cases, and the Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts and Commercial Bill.
ET VIEW: Ensure House Does Business
The Opposition is bound to be aggressive after NDA’s rout in the Bihar polls. If the government wants the legislature to work, there is no point matching aggression for Opposition aggression. Constant engagement and accommodation are needed to push reforms. It should heed the Opposition’s concerns on key laws, which include the Constitution Amendment Bill on GST. Neither should shy away from any debate.