Ahead of Budget session, economy, CAA stir top all-party meet agenda

Ahead of the Parliament’s Budget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of all parties attended the customary all-party meeting which the speaker calls ahead of every session. Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) flanked by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh (R), Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad and other leaders during an all-party meet ahead of the Budget Session, at Parliament library building in Delhi on Thursday. (Photo: PTI)Ahead of the Budget session, the Centre called an all-party meeting. Though it’s a routine and customary meet, it provides an opportunity to sense the mood of the opposition camp that was straight & clear.Protest around CAA and NRC, economic slowdown, was top on opposition agenda, whereas Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his part, assured that government is ready to listen to the opposition and is open to discussion on all issues.Parliament affair minister Prahlad Joshi said, “PM Modi was for discussion on economic issues and how India can take advantage keeping the global economic situation in mind”.All opposition parties spoke against the Citizenship Act and the National Register of Citizens except the AIADMK. At the briefing after the meeting, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also said the opposition has demanded that former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah should be released immediately so that he can attend the Parliament session.Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the government’s stand on the anti-CAA protests shows its arrogance and alleged that it has made no effort to reach out to protesters.In return, Prahlad Joshi said that “The opposition should introspect as the amended citizenship act has been passed democratically in Parliament,” Joshi said on opposition’s criticism of the government not listening to it on the issue. Total 26 political partiestook part in this meeting.The government informed the members that they are planning to bring 45 bills, including 7 financial bills and two ordinances. During the meeting, PM Modi said that during the discussion on President speech, every political party can raise their issues & concern.The opposition also raised their concern over the overall sitting of the house. Azad said that earlier it was a three-month session, therefore we are asking the govt to extend the session by one more month so that opposition can discuss lower GDP, unemployment, economy and other issues.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from

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