New Delhi: A day before the crucial Budget session, the Narendra government has decide to reach out to opposition parties and there will be two all-party meetings to explore consensus on passing key legislations, including bills to replace ordinances on land acquisition and mining.
The first meeting is called by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the second one by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
The meeting comes even as the Communist Party and activist groups including Anna Hazare are set to protest against the Land Ordinance accusing it of being anti-farmer.
Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress has said that it has plans to corner the government. TMC MP Derek O'Brien said, "There are three-four big issues but it need to be found out which of these issues resonate with our other colleagues. We will protest against Land Ordinance. Electoral reforms and black money are big issues for the TMC."
Both Venkaiah Naidu and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were in touch with opposition leaders for the passage of the pending Bills.
The session, which will begin on February 23 and conclude on May 8, will see presentation of the first full-fledged budget of the Narendra Modi government which came to power in May last year.
During the session, government will push for passage of Bills on six ordinances promulgated recently. The ordinances include those on coal, mines and minerals, e-rickshaws, amendment to Citizenship Act, Land Acquisition and the one on FDI in insurance sector.
The government is especially under pressure to legislate the ordinance on insurance sector and the coal sector in view of the fact that the new systems in place for attracting Foreign Direct Investment in insurance and for auctioning of coal blocks are not disturbed.
Amongst the Bills government proposes to introduce, include Amendments to Whistleblowers Protection Act, The Rights to Services and Grievances Redress Bill, Amendment to Inter-state Water Dispute Act, The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill, The Recognition of New Systems of Medicine Bill, Amendment to the National Commission for Women Act, and Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Second Amendment) Bill, the sources said.
The fourth session of 16th Lok Sabha will commence on Monday, when President Pranab Mukherjee will address both Houses of Parliament assembled together in the Central Hall at 11 AM.
The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, which met on January 21, had recommended to the President the schedule of the Budget Session.
Parliament will have a special sitting on Saturday, a holiday, for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present the Budget which will be preceded by the Economic Survey on February 27 and the Railway Budget on February 26.
The Motion of Thanks to the President for his address will be debated on February 24 and 25.
(With additional information from PTI)