New Delhi: The upcoming winter session of Parliament is all set to begin in the third week of November and go on for nearly a month, according to the schedule communicated to its secretariats on Monday. The upcoming winter session will be crucial for three key factors – policy push, productivity and political clashes between the government and the opposition.
If the exit poll predictions on state elections, released late on Monday, are anything to go by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would begin the next session of Parliament on a high political note, having cemented its dominance and further decimating its key rival — Congress — and other opposition parties.
Most exit polls predicted that the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) would get more than 200 out of the 288 seats in Maharashtra and that the BJP alone would get more than 70 out of the 90 seats in Haryana.
The winter session of Parliament is expected to be tumultuous with the NDA using its absolute majority in Lok Sabha and increasing numbers in Rajya Sabha to push through key policy legislations amid opposition from Congress and other parties.
The monsoon session of Parliament, the first since Modi-led government returned to power, was one of the most productive sessions in the recent past. During the session, the government pushed through some of the most critical and controversial legislations in both the Houses. These included abrogation of Article 370 and 35A which provided for special status to Jammu and Kashmir and a bill to reorganise the state into two union territories. The government also passed amendments to Right to Information Bill, National Investigation Authority Bill and politically crucial bill to ban instant Triple Talaq.
The government expects to push through some of its key pending legislations in the winter session, including the re-introduction of the Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) in the wake of the announcement of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in August. The government may also attempt greater coordination with allies and friendly parties for smooth running of the session.
On its part, senior leaders of the opposition indicate that the two key issues they would raise in the winter session is the state of economy and situation in Jammu and Kashmir. Former prime minister Manmohan Singh during an interaction in Mumbai last week had also said the issue of Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative Bank would come up in the next session of Parliament.