Disruptions have gone up in recent years and need deeper attention; Parliament's functioning in the budget session will depend on the Congress' strategy
After two back-to-back Parliament sessions ended without desirable movement on the government’s legislative agenda—due to constant disruption by the opposition—efforts are being made at different levels to avoid a repeat in the upcoming budget session, which starts from 23 February. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to the leaders of opposition recently, vice-president and chairman of the Rajya Sabha Hamid Ansari also called an all-party meeting last week, which was attended by Modi. Besides, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will meet representatives of political parties on Monday. But the critical question is: will these meetings actually result in smooth functioning in both the houses of Parliament?