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Modi Govt. says it’s ready for debate on any issue

NEW DELHI(PTI): The budget session of Parliament is all set for a stormy start on Tuesday with the Opposition planning to corner the government on a range of issues.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu addressing the media ahead of the budget session of Parliament on Tuesday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Indications of a tumultuous beginning of the session emerged at the all-party meetings convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu with the Opposition accusing the government of “setting the agenda for disruption.”

The government has prioritised 32 items for the session, which includes 11 Bills pending in Rajya Sabha and one in the Lok Sabha.

A discussion on higher education institutions, dealing with the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula and the JNU sedition case has been fixed for February 24, where the first showdown between the government and the Opposition is expected to take place. More…

Live updates:

10:41 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Parliament.

10:18 am: A Bill which faces objections needs to be discussed and then taken a decision on: Mallikarjun Kharge

10:04 am: The govt. serious about a fruitful Budget session. All parties promised that they will help Parliament function: Venkaiah Naidu

10:03 am: We’re ready to discuss all issues, whether it’s JNU, Hyderabad University issue, Pathankot, or the Jat reservation: Venkaiah Naidu

9:40 am: ‘Hope the session functions properly, [we are] ready to debate on any issue raised by the Opposition, says MoS Parliamentary Affairs Naqvi.

9:38 am: BJP Parliamentary Party executive meeting scheduled to take place at 5:30 p.m.

9:27 am: BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi gives notice on JNU row and Ishrat Jahan case in the Lok Sabha.

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