All Party Meet ahead of Monsoon Session prefers debate on all major issues
Smt.Sushma Swaraj willing to make statement on allegations against her
Shri Venkaiah Naidu says Government ready to discuss all issues and hopes that media reports of washout of Monsoon Session will not come true
Monsoon Session of Parliament to begin on July 21
Prime Minister further said that â€œLet every issue be discussed in the Parliament under the Rules. Efforts shall be towards effective functioning of Parliament. During the last Session, it was decided that some issues would be addressed during the next Session. Of all the forums available for expression of oneâ€™s views, Parliament is the best. Let there be good debates and suggestions. Like Ramgopalji said, we need to find solutions collectively. Yes, Government has more responsibility in enabling normal functioning of Parliament but so does all of youâ€.
Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri M.Venkaiah Naidu who convened the All Party Meet, in his opening remarks expressed concern over the media reports that the ensuing Monsoon session would be a washout and hoped that those reports wonâ€™t come true. He said that â€œGovernment has no problem to discuss every issue and any issue anytime. There is no substitute for healthy debate in Parliamentary democracy. It needs serious consideration if matters related to States are to be taken up in Parliament.â€ The Minister gave details of the Bills being proposed by the Government for introduction as well as for consideration and passing during the Monsoon session beginning tomorrow.
Shri Naidu also informed the Leaders that Government would like to make Statements on the visit of Prime Minister to the Central Asian Countries and also about some of the major initiatives taken by the Government. Later speaking to the media, Shri Naidu informed that External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj was keen to make a Statement in respect of the allegations made against her regarding Lalit Modiâ€™s travel documents. Shri Naidu ruled out resignations as being demanded by the Congress.
Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress said that developments relating to VYAPAM and Lalit Modi were serious developments and the Government should take action in this regard. He also demanded the resignation of the concerned. Other leaders while noting that these developments reflected â€˜systemic degenerationâ€™ preferred detailed discussion.
Shri Ramgopal Yadav of Samajvadi Party suggested collective efforts of the Government and the opposition to find a solution to the Land Bill issue by adopting a give and take approach. He preferred efforts to enable smooth functioning of Parliament.
Other issues suggested for discussion by various leaders during the two hour long meeting included : India-Pakistan relations and Foreign Policy, growing social disparities, Farmersâ€™ suicides and farm sector distress, issues relating to Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act and their implementation, Reservation for SCs and STs in promotiions, problems of tobacco farmers, Socio-Economic and Caste Census, Relations between Lt.Governor and Delhi Government, Preparedness for 2016 Olympics, MPLADS scheme, Higher Education sector issues, Issues relating to North â€“Eastern Region, Climate Change, issues relating to production of natural rubber, Celebration of 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr.BR Ambedkar, Ensuring adequate representation for SCs/STs on the Boards of PSUs.
A total of 42 leaders from 29 Parties represented in both the Houses of Parliament attended the two hour long meeting to discuss the agenda for the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning tomorrow i.e July 21, 2015