New Delhi: Facing the prospect of a stormy winter session of Parliament after the Bihar election drubbing, the government has on Wednesday called a meeting of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders to work out floor strategy for the month-long affair beginning 26 November.

Upping the ante on the issue of intolerance, Janata Dal United general secretary K.C. Tyagi on Tuesday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should signal his intent to act against people spreading the “venom" by removing five Union ministers, who made “provocative" remarks. “The Prime Minister should remove Union ministers Giriraj Singh, Sadhvi Niranjany Jyoti, Mahesh Sharma, V.K. Singh and Sanjiv Balyan. Only having a debate on the issue and passing a resolution is not enough. The PM should give the message that he means business by removing these ministers," Tyagi told PTI.

People familiar with the matter said parliamentary affairs minister M. Venkaiah Naidu will meet leaders of all NDA allies at his residence on Wednesday to chalk out the government plans on its legislative business and floor coordination plans amid indications of the opposition closing ranks on various issues. Naidu will also hold a meeting with leaders of all opposition parties within a week. The Lok Sabha speaker holds an all-party meeting a day or two before the Session begins.

A day after the Bihar results were out, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) headed by home minister Rajnath Singh met on 9 November and decided to hold the session between 26 November and 23 December.

Reaching out to the opposition to pass key reform bills, Naidu had urged them not to interpret the Bihar election result as a “mandate to disrupt Parliament". The CCPA also decided to call a special two-day sitting of Parliament on the first two days of the session to commemorate the adoption of Indian Constitution on 26 November 1949, and honour its architect, B.R. Ambedkar.

The opposition may not be inclined to disrupt Parliament for the first two days keeping in view the sensitivity about Ambedkar and the seriousness of the issue. However, the opposition is likely to raise the issue of intolerance, award wapasi, Dadari lynching, price rise and centre-state relations in a big way as the legislative business of the House begins from 30 November.

Tyagi said his party will try to create a larger opposition unity on issues. The monsoon session was a near wash out and the government could not carry forward its legislative agenda. People familiar with the matter said there are eight pending bills in Lok Sabha and 11 in Rajya Sabha. Key pending bills include land bill, which is pending before a Joint Committee of Parliament.

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