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Narendra Modi to attend Parliament session today; BJP, Cong issue whips to MPs

Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with key ministers before Parliament meets on Wednesday to select their strategy.


New Delhi: Stimulating for a showdown in Parliament, BJP and Congress delivered whips asking their members in both Houses to confirm their presence for the remainder of the winter session which resumes on Wednesday with the topic of demonetization casting a shadow.

The Opposition party has issued the whip amid worries in its ranks that the ruling party would rake up the AgustaWestland helicopter dispute to target its top brass to “divert attention from hardships facing people due to demonetization”, sources stated.

Before Parliament resumes today, leaders of Opposition parties will conduct a meeting in the morning to decide their strategy in the House.

On its side, the ruling BJP party also issued a whip to confirm that the treasury benches are in full strength in both Houses.

Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with key ministers before Parliament meets on Wednesday to select their strategy.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday again asked Congress and other rival parties to start debate on demonetization.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu stated Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present in Parliament for the remaining 3 days of the Session and can participate in proceedings for either of the House depending on the need.

Congress sources stated the government has made no effort to reach out to the Opposition to break the impasse.

Both the government and the Opposition, particularly Congress and TMC, have stuck to their stand that the debate be held under a Rule that involves voting which the treasury benches have ruled out.

On last Friday, Congress altered its stand and expressed willingness for debate under “no rule”. However, the ruling side created uproar and the debate could not take place.

Pitching for a debate, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today urged the Congress and other opposition parties to “rise above slogans…” as he advised them for a debate in Parliament.

The Winter Session, which started on November 16, is scheduled to complete on Friday, with indications that it could be a virtual washout.

Parliament has seen little transaction of any extensive business because of the Opposition ruckus over demonetization and some other issues.

Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha continued to be deadlocked over the way a debate should take place on demonetization announced by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8.

Ever since the winter session began, the Lok Sabha has managed to conduct only two legislative actions — passage of Income Tax amendment bill and approval of Supplementary Demand for Grants — that too amid din and without much debate.

The Rajya Sabha has ran normally only on the first day of the session when the debate on demonetization was initiated and held for about 5 hours.

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