New Delhi : The Government may opt for shutting the jammed winter session of Parliament on Friday in deference to an outburst of BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani to adjourn “sine die” if it can’t run the show.
In any case, only three more days are left in the session from Wednesday to Friday and the government doesn’t expect the Opposition relenting from its strategy of daily disruptions on the issue of the demonetisation.
The Government’s very purpose of calling the month-long session a bit early from November 16 was to get passed three Bills for implementation of the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) to replace all central and state indirect taxes in the new financial year from April 1.
That purpose stands defeated, though Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is still toying with the GST”s implementation from September 1, though it all depends on Parliament passing the Bills in the budget session that begins in February.
When the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) of the Lok Sabha met on Wednesday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar did not talk about the GST bills at all. All that he got approved was four hours for debating and passing the supplementary budget and excess grants in the previous year on Thursday and another three hours for the Right of Persons with Disabilities Bill, once it is passed by the Rajya Sabha.
Rajya Sabha Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad convened a meeting of the opposition parties’ leaders on Thursday to discuss another joint protest to mark completion of one month of the demonetisation triggering economic destabilisation and making the entire nation run to banks to protect own money declared as scrapped by Prime Minister Modi with a single stroke.
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