Government is considering a plan to postpone the monsoon session of Parliament early
There are only three days left in the monsoon session of Parliament. Government managers have started consulting key opposition leaders on a proposal to adjourn the House on August 8 or 10. A final decision on early closure of the session is yet to be taken. The monsoon session that began on July 18 was scheduled to end on August 12. But the government is now reviewing its options in view of the two holidays next week, Muharram and Raksha Bandhan.
Two senior opposition leaders say one of the government’s proposals is to skip Question Hour and Zero Hour on August 8 and dedicate the first half of the Rajya Sabha to the farewell of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. “The second part of the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha will be used to move some bills,” a leader said.
According to a non-Congress opposition leader, the other resolution is to be tabled on August 10, the last day of Venkaiah Naidu’s term as Vice President. On this day there is both Question Hour and Zero Hour, so that we can raise some important issues. Another leader said that there is also a possibility that the Lok Sabha may be adjourned sine die on August 8, while the Rajya Sabha will continue till August 10.
BJP leaders aware of the matter said the government worked hard to restore normalcy in the House and urged opposition members to allow proceedings. “The government reached out to the opposition to raise the issues they wanted through talks and discussions, but the opposition was bent on disruption and disturbance,” a senior BJP leader said on condition of anonymity.
The leader said the opposition wants to speak on price hike and inflation and despite the government agreeing to a discussion, they wasted almost two weeks. He said, “The Speaker in the Rajya Sabha had agreed to discuss the issue. He only said that there can be no discussion under Rule 267. The Finance Minister was ill and the government sought time for him to be able to return to the House so that he could respond. Yet we only saw placards and sloganeering from the opposition.”
The government had prepared a list of 24 bills to be passed for the monsoon session, of which 14 are pending since the previous session. According to the leader, “It was a short session of 17-18 sittings and around 60-62 hours were set aside for official business and the rest was to be allotted for Zero Hour, Question Hour and Private Members’ Bills but, the first two The weeks were practically a washout. It was a great loss to the members of other parties as well, who could not raise the issues which they were preparing to bring to the notice of the House.