Parliament to meet in September

August 5th, 2008 - 2:37 pm ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) The monsoon session of parliament will convene in the second week of September, to give the government time to try restoring normalcy in Jammu region, according to Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi. “The government is keen to convene the session immediately to take up legislation to provide social security and other welfare measures to the unorganised sector. However, the government is now focusing on bringing back normalcy in troubled areas,” the minister told IANS.

The parliament session was earlier expected to begin Aug 11, but it is being delayed following troubles in Jammu and Kashmir following protests on the Amarnath yatra and back-to-back terror attacks in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

A special two-day session was called in July to move a trust motion after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) was reduced to a minority following the withdrawal of support by the Left. The Manmohan Singh-led government proved its majority support July 22.

The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has warned the government that it will give a hard time to the Congress-led government in parliament.

CPI-M general secretary Prakash Karat has dared the UPA government to try passing finance bills, including pension, banking and insurance sector legislations, in parliament.

“Let’s see,” said Vayalar Ravi, when asked about Karat’s warning.

According to Congress sources, the government is concerned about the smooth functioning of the parliamentary proceedings in the wake of the cash-for-votes scam.

A seven-member Lok Sabha panel, set up to look into three Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MPs’ allegations that they were bribed to abstain in the July 22 trust vote, is likely to seek more time to submit its report. It was expected to conclude the findings by Aug 11.

“The opposition as well as Left are prepared to disrupt the proceedings over these issues. The government wants to prepare itself for defence before convening the session,” said a Congress leader who did not want to be identified.

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