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Govt gets Oppn on board on Finance Bill

First published: April 29, 2013, 12:41 PM IST | Updated: April 29, 2013
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Govt gets Oppn on board on Finance Bill
Sources say that the Finance Bill is likely to be taken up on Tuesday along with demands for grants.

New Delhi: There seems to be a breakthrough in the efforts to end Parliament deadlock as the government has managed to get the Opposition on board to pass the Finance Bill. Sources say that the Finance Bill is likely to be taken up on Tuesday along with demands for grants. The demands for grants for four ministries were agreed upon in consultation with opposition parties.

This came after Parliamentary Affairs Minister met Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj to gain a consensus on the crucial Finance Bill. Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar also held an all-party meeting to break the deadlock.

The deadlock in Parliament has been continuing as the Opposition has resfused to relent from its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar's resignation over the 2G scam and coal scam.

Kamal Nath, in an interview with CNN-IBN, had dared the Opposition to move a no confidence motion on the floor of the house. "Is that the right kind of opposition? Even if it hurts the people, let's suppose, is that the kind of parliamentary democracy we want? And we must remember that they don't like the government to vote it out. Why can't they say that the government is absolutely rubbish, just bring a no confidence motion," he said. Kamal Nath had even visited BJP veteran leader LK Advani to seek cooperation for the passage of the Finance Bill.

But the BJP brushed away Nath's remarks and attacked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh instead. "When has the Prime Minister met all political parties to break the deadlock? Parliamentary Affairs minister is just a minister, not the PM, why can't PM meet us and sit down," said BJP leader Yashwant Sinha.

"Parliament getting adjourned frequently is not good for democracy. Government should give answer and now just blame the opposition," CPI leader D Raja said.

Even as the government may have got consensus on the Finance Bill, it remains to be seen whether it has managed to break the Parliament deadlock completely. The big question as to whether Parliament will function normally remains.