New Delhi :  With the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha beginning in two days time, the opposition has made it clear that the onus is on the ruling party to ensure the smooth functioning of Parliament so that the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s pre-election agenda of getting the anti-corruption laws enacted is implemented.

This responsibility devolves on the ruling party because a section of its members from Andhra Pradesh are expected to create unrest in the house over the bill for the creation of a separate state of Telangana. The smooth functioning of Parliament has been a major issue during the entire life time of the 15th Lok Sabha and it assumes a crucial dimension as it prepares for the last vote on account session.

Participating in an all party meeting before the session begins, the leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj made it clear that her party has no problems with any of the bills. “If the government can assure us that the House will function peacefully, we have no problem in passing any of the bills — whether it is anti-corruption bills or anything else,” she said. But she also stressed that the agenda looked more like the Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s pre-election’s plan and ‘why should Parliament’ do it?

Swaraj was responding to the appeal from the union parliamentary affairs minister Kamalnath who sought the cooperation of all political parties to support these bills. He said:”As we come to the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha, I request political parties to rise above politics and give the highest priority to the anti-corruption bills because they form a package with the Lokpal bill.”

The Congress has an ambitious legislative agenda of 39 bills in just 12 days of business, and given the fact that Kamalanath himself has termed it as the ‘most disruptive’ Parliament the prospects of these bills being enacted are very dim.

A view has also emerged among non-Congress, non-BJP parties, especially the Trinamool Congress, that the session should be wound-up after getting the vote on account bill passed, and unnecessary time should not be wasted by holding a session where no business is transacted.

Senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury wanted the government to prioritize its agenda as he felt that passing 39 bills in just 12 days is simply out of the question.

Anil Sharma

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