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JNU row comes to Parliament, Budget Session begins today

JNU row comes to Parliament, Budget Session begins today
Indian Parliament begins second phase of the Budget session of Parliament in New Delhi, India on Thursday, April 26, 2007. Photographer: Pankaj Nangia/ Bloomberg News

New Delhi: With the Government having expressed no hesitation in discussing the Jawaharlal Nehru University row in Parliament, the nation braces itself as a turbulent Budget Session will begin today during which, President Pranab Mukherjee will address a joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. During the session, the Rail Budget will be presented on 25th and the General Budget on 29th of February.

The first phase of the Session will come to an end on 16th of March and the second phase will begin from 25th April and conclude on 13th May.

The Bills which will come up for consideration and passage in the Rajya Sabha include GST, Real Estate, Anti-Hijacking, National Waterways and Whistle Blowers Protection. In the Lok Sabha, the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Amendment Bill is among others which will be taken up for discussion and passage.

Asserting that the government was ready to discuss the current state of unrest at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Union parliamentary affairs minister M. Venkaiah Naidu earlier said that there were different views on the issue which needs to be addressed and debated.

“It’s a big country and yes there are several issues. That’s what the Parliament is there for, to discuss those issues. Government has no hesitation in discussing JNU or Hyderabad University or any other issues.

There are different views on it which needs to be debated,” Naidu told the media here after chairing an all-party meeting. Calling on the Opposition to adopt a positive approach for the upcoming Budget Session, he added that holding ‘discussion’ should be the protocol in the Parliament instead of ‘disruption’.