‘Cyclone Telangana’ likely to hit parliamentary session
The much awaited final session of the 15th Lok Sabha is beginning on this Wednesday, is expected to be a stormy affair over Telangana bill
New Delhi: The much awaited final session of the 15th Lok Sabha is beginning on this Wednesday, is expected to be a stormy affair over Telangana bill which the government is keen to push along with the six anti-corruption legislations with an appeal to all parties for support.
As many as 39 bills, including the anti-corruption legislations being pushed by Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, have been listed in the session which is the continuation of the Winter session that ended last December.
The session, convened mainly for the passage of the Vote-on-Account and interim Railway budget, will have 12 sittings between February 5 and 21 during which the government plans to introduce other crucial legislations like Communal Violence (Prevention) Bill and push other bills passed by one of the two Houses.
Ahead of the session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath today held a meeting with leaders of all the parties and asked them to “rise above political affiliations” to support the crucial bills, particularly the six legislations that are to form “package” to fight corruption.
However, the government appeared conscious that the session could witness trouble over the Telangana bill, which provides for division of Andhra Pradesh.
The bill is expected to be introduced in this session despite rejection by the Andhra Pradesh Assembly and MPs from Seemandhra, including those from Congress, have made clear their intent to oppose it tooth and nail.
Samajwadi Party, which is opposed to smaller states, has also made it clear that it will oppose the bill.
“I asked parties to make their stand clear whether they are for corruption or against corruption, whether they are for Telangana or against Telangana. There should be no ‘ifs’ and ‘buts’,” Nath told reporters here.
After the all-party meeting, Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj told reporters that “Congress cannot blame the opposition for disruptions. Congress only has created this situation.”
She said the ruling party has become so weak that even within it, its Chief Minister has sent the Telangana bill after rejecting it in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly.
Several other leaders, including Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) as also Sudip Bandyopadhyay (Trinamool Congress) said the government should first concentrate on passage of the Vote-on-Account as there were apprehensions that the Telangana issue could paralyse the House proceedings.