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‘We will support Bills on base of their merit’: Congress

New Delhi: Following an all-party meeting of Rajya Sabha leaders called by Vice President Hamid Ansari, the Congress party on Saturday said that they want parliament to function smoothly during the upcoming Budget session, adding that they would extend support to Bills on the basis of merit.

“Today’s all-party meeting was called by Vice President Hamid Ansari. We said that we will definitely help the Bills to be passed on their merit. Lot of incidents have taken place, in JNU and then in court, then also in Hyderabad University, there should be a discussion on these. Lot of pending issues such as price rise, farmer suicide, should also be discussed,” Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters here.

“If proper discussions are held then we will help the bill to be passed. We will definitely help in passing the bills which are important for the nation’s development,” he added.

The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, MoS Minority Affairs M.A. Naqvi, senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma, Shiromani Akali Dal leader Naresh Gujral, Janata Dal (United) leader KC Tyagi, Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja, NCP leader DP Tripathi among others.

The Budget session is expected to be turbulent, with the opposition planning to corner the the government on several issues, including the JNU row and Rohith Vemula’s suicide at the University of Hyderabad.

Rajya Sabha, where the government does not have a majority, witnessed repeated disruptions during the Monsoon and Winter sessions. (ANI)