August 1;The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Thursday it wanted the monsoon session of parliament to function smoothly provided the government had a constructive attitude towards the issues raised by the opposition.
“We would like the discussion to go on provided the government also has constructive attitude to the issues opposition raises,” BJP leader Arun Jaitley told reporters after attending an all-party meet ahead of the monsoon session from August 5—30.
Explaining the issues raised by BJP, Mr. Jaitley said, “The government has called a short session of 16 working days. There will be only 12 effective days for legislative business as four Fridays are for private members’ bills.”
“In 12 days, the government wants 64 legislations to be passed and this seems impossible in view of the time constraint. We have asked the government to first introduce the bills that have all-party consensus,” he said.
“We want the government to bring the bill on Telangana in this session as the demand was long pending. We will support it,” he added.
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said BJP wants the government to consider the party’s concerns on land and food security bills.
“We have also asked for a review of the court’s decision barring members of the parliament and state legislators in jail and police custody from contesting elections,” said Ms. Swaraj.
BJP has also demanded discussions on the Uttarakhand tragedy, confrontation between CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) and IB (Intelligence Bureau) on the Ishrat Jahan case, the state of the Indian economy, and the falling strength of the rupee against the dollar.