Modi praises opposition, hopes Winter Session will be result-oriented
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said
he hoped that the Winter Session of Parliament would be fruitful and
In a bid to reach out to the Opposition, Modi praised
the ‘positive role played by the Opposition in smooth functioning of Parliament
in last session.’ The Prime Minister said he expects the same cooperation this
The Opposition is gearing up to take on the government
over a variety of issues, including black money and FDI in insurance sector, in
the session. The government has lined up as many as 37 Bills for the
consideration of the two Houses during the month-long session, including the
Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill.
While the Left parties, Trinamool Congress, JD(U),
RJD, SP and BSP are planning a joint opposition to the Insurance Bill, they
hope the Congress will come along. Kharge, however, said his party would first
see the amendments the government planned.
Parliament was adjourned on Monday after condoling the
death of three sitting members, including former Union minister Murli Deora. As
soon as Rajya Sabha met for the day, Chairman Hamid Ansari mentioned the death
of Deora in Mumbai today at the age of 77.
In the Lok Sabha, members condoled the death of
sitting members Hemendra Chandra Singh (BJD) and Kapil Krishna Thakur
(Trinamool Congress). Singh’s wife Pratyusha Rajeshwari Singh (BJD) has won the
Lok Sabha bypoll from Kandhmal. Lok Sabha also condoled the demise of former
members Amitava Nandy, MS Sanjeevi Rao, Avaidyanath, Saifuddin Choudhury and
Sanjay Singh Chauhan.
Three of the five members, elected in the recent
bypolls, also took oath in the House. Ranjanaben Bhatt (BJP), who won from
Vadodara, the seat vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who retained
Varanasi, Pritam Gopinath Munde (BJP) from Beed in Maharashtra, the seat that
fell vacant following death of her father and Union Minister Gopinath Munde,
and Tej Pratap Yadav (SP), elected from Mainpuri, vacated by Mulayam Singh
Yadav, who retained Azamgarh, took oath.
Modi then introduced his new ministers, who were
inducted in the council of ministers on November 9. In the Rajya Sabha,
Chairman Hamid Ansari said, “In the passing away of Murli Deora, the country
has lost a distinguished parliamentarian, an able administrator and a decided
Deora, who served as Minister for Petroleum and
Natural Gas and Corporate Affairs from January 2006 to July 2011, was a
four-term Lok Sabha member and three-term Rajya Sabha member. He represented
Maharashtra in the Upper House from April 2002 till his passing away this