Budget Session: PM Modi calls meet with Opposition party members


New Delhi :-With several issues such as President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, Pathankot terror attack along with JNU disorder scheduled to generate heat in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday  has contacted to the opposition major political party leaders by a meeting .

The practice is targeted at seeking cooperation for the easy functioning of the Budget session in the backdrop of virtual washout of proceedings in the last two sessions due to a host of issues.

Government managers have time and again maintained that the key reform GST bill was top of the agenda of the government in the three-month-long session which begins on February 23,2016.

Government sources maintained that it is not an all-party meeting and the bills the government seeks to introduce in the session will not be argued .

“He will seek their cooperation to run the Houses softly,” a government functionary said.
The meeting comes at a time when government wants to push top reform bills like GST and labour laws in the session.

The meeting comes close on the heels of the PM Modi accusing Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party Vice President Rahul Gandhi on various occasions of disrupting Parliament to avenge defeat in 2014 Parliamentary polls.

The Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had attack at Modi, saying efforts were made to “suppress her party’s voice” whenever it tried to raise issues concerning the poor and common man in the House.

Senior ministers have often accused the top Congress leadership of scuttling plans to pass the GST bill in Parliament. The bill is pending in Rajya Sabha.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has accused the Modi government of not engaging Congress seriously to break the logjam over GST.