Modi govt in a panic, tizzy over Winter Session; meetings with Opposition planned

Modi govt is busy with a series of meetings before the winter session commences on Dec 11. This is the last parliament session of this govt before Lok Sabha elections in 2019 and the shortest one too

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Umakant Lakhera

The winter session of the Parliament which will commence on December 11 is about to begin. The entire mood in the corridors of power now depends on the elections in five states. It will conclude on January 8, 2019. Forty six bills have to be introduced during the session that will last for only twenty days. The election results in the five states are due on December 11 and if they are not favour of the BJP, then the government will have to face high resistance from the opposition and disgruntled NDA allies at every step inside as well as outside the Parliament.

The ordinances on Triple Talaq and National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam have to be presented in both the houses as Bills to get the approval of the parliament in this session only. A big problem for the government is that both the main allies of the BJP in Bihar—Ram Vilas Paswan and Nitish Kumar are not in favour of the Triple Talaq Bill. The Akali Dal has also been neutral. While, on the issue of Ram Mandir movement by the BJP, Paswan has openly been attacking the Modi government.

Sources close to Nitish Kumar,on the other hand, say that their party is not in favour of making parallel laws regarding the internal affairs of any religion and the BJP knows their opinions very well as far as the uniform civil code is concerned. Akali Dal is also unhappy because even after repeated requests by Sukhbir Badal, Prime Minister Modi did not meet him.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has convened a meeting of various parties in both the houses of Parliament on December 10 at 11 am. The same day at 12.30 am, the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has invited the leaders of all the parties in the Upper House to his residence.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has called the meeting of all parties in the government and the opposition in Parliament Library on December 11 at 4.30 pm.

BJP and NDA members have a series of meetings scheduled. The executive meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party will be held at 3 pm on December 10. After an hour, NDA allies will hold a meeting.

All the attention of the Modi Government will be focused on the meeting of the non-BJP parties in Delhi scheduled on December 10.

The real agenda of the meeting is to review the possible assembly election results on December 11 and discuss the future strategy. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu is reaching Delhi. Before the alliance's proposed meeting on December 10, there is a possibility of an important meeting between Chandrababu Naidu and Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

According to the sources of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, the meeting of the Working Committee of the House is not yet fixed. The time for presenting different bills will be allotted in this meeting.

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