Friday, November 18, 2011

Congress :Smooth functioning can bring Lokpal bill in houses

The Congress on Friday appealed to the opposition parties to allow smooth functioning of Parliament to pass key bills including Lokpal.

"I urge all parties to allow smooth functioning of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha during the winter session so that these crucial bills can be passed," party spokesperson Rashid Alvi told reporters in New Delhi.
"Parliament is for debate and discussion. We are ready to discuss all issues. Many legislations important for people of the country including Lokpal Bill and Judicial Accountability Bill are being brought in this session".
Maintaining that ensuring smooth functioning of Parliament is "responsibility of all parties", Alvi urged the Opposition to take a decision "rising above politics" in the interest of the nation and the people.
Government plans to take up 34 bills, while Opposition wants discussion on around 45 issues during the session.
They include government's move to introduce FDI in pension, caste census, Telangana and recent developments in Indo-Pak ties after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's SAARC visit.
The Monsoon session had failed to transact much business despite heavy official agenda as opposition parties disrupted proceeding over a range of issues, including Lokpal and 2G scam.
The Winter Session last year was a total washout as a determined opposition did not allow Parliament to run demanding setting up of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G scam.Media agencies

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