Budget Session: LS Speaker convenes all-party meeting tomorrow

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has convened an all-party meeting on Monday to discuss the smooth functioning during the upcoming Budget Session.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu has also called separate all-party meetings.

The meetings are significant amid possibility of session beginning Tuesday being stormy.

The Opposition parties are gearing up to raise the issues of the JNU row, and suicide of a Hyderabad University student among others to corner the government.

On the other hand, the government is keen to push its legislative agenda including the GST and Real Estate Bills.

During the session, the Rail Budget will be presented on 25th and General Budget on 29th of this month.

Since it is the first session of the new calendar year, it will begin with the address of President Pranab Mukherjee to the joint sitting of the two Houses.

The Rajya Sabha, where the NDA lacks majority, had seen repeated disruption in the Monsoon and Winter sessions with Congress and several other opposition parties blocking key economic reform measures of the government.

Yesterday, Rajya Sabha Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari also held meeting with leaders of different parties in the House.

He had said the need of the hour is to assure the public that Parliamentary democracy does work and is sensitive to the needs of the people.

During the meeting, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said the government is ready to hold discussion on all issues. (ANI)