“Some matters can’t be discussed, concerns security”: Centre on Chinese intrusion
30 January, 2023 | Pragati Singh
The government stated on Monday that the Chinese incursion cannot be discussed in Parliament because it threatens the country's security.
The government stated on Monday that the Chinese incursion cannot be discussed in Parliament because it threatens the country’s security. According to sources, during the all-party meeting on Monday, the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party highlighted the subject of Chinese intrusion and requested a debate in Parliament.
“To this, the Government responded by saying that some matters can’t be discussed on the floor of the house as it concerns security,” the source said. However, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters that the government is willing to examine all problems.
“37 leaders from 27 parties participated in the all-party meeting today. Today’s meeting went well. I seek the cooperation of the opposition to run the House well. We are ready to discuss all issues,” he added.
Sasmit Patra, BJD MP after the meeting, said, “Women’s Reservation Bill is going to be a priority for BJD in this session. We’ve been pushing for the passage of the Bill. We’ll also build consensus with like-minded parties to put pressure on the Government to ensure that the Bill is passed.”
Several opposition parties highlighted serious concerns, such as the recent stock market incident involving businessman Gautam Adani. MPs requested that the government undertake a discussion on the issue because it is important to the country’s economy.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Leader of the House Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, Leader of the House Piyush Goyal, MoS, Parliamentary Affairs, Arjuna, Ram Meghwal, and V Muraleedharan.
All opposition party leaders were there, including DMK leader TR Balu, TMC leaders Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, and TRS leaders K Keshava Rao and Nama Nageswara Rao. Vijayasai Reddy of the YSR Congress, Farooq Abdullah of the National Conference, Professor Manoj Jha of the RJD, and Ram Nath Thakur of the JDU are among the other party leaders. Priyanka Chaturvedi represented the Shiv Sena (Uddhav Thackeray).
Both Mallikarjun Kharge and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury were absent from the meeting, according to government sources, due to the ongoing Bharat Jodo Yatra, which concluded today in Srinagar.
The all-party meeting is a customary gathering that occurs prior to the opening of each session of Parliament. The Government will seek cooperation from all political parties during the meeting to guarantee the smooth operation of both Houses of Parliament throughout the Session.
The Budget Session of Parliament will begin on January 31 with the President of India’s address to a joint sitting of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the Central Hall of Parliament.
On the opening day of the session, the Economic Survey will also be tabled in both Houses. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will announce the Union Budget 2023-24 in Lok Sabha on February 1. The Budget will thereafter be introduced in Rajya Sabha.
From Thursday onwards, both Houses will debate the “Motion Of Thanks to the President Address” to which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will respond in both Lok and Rajya Sabha.
The Budget Session will continue till February 13.
Following a hiatus, the second phase of the Budget Session will begin on March 13 and run through April 6. The Demand for Grants for various ministries will be discussed, and the Union Budget will be passed. During this time, the government will also deal with other legislative matters.