A winter of hard work
- AAP-BJP clashes: FIR against Ashutosh, Shazia Ilmi for rioting
- Nine-phase Lok Sabha polls begin on April 7, counting on May 16
- Mumbai dailies laud Kamat, he denies he paid for the ânewsâ
- Congress bends, âopen to TRS allianceâ
- Mamata Banerjee releases candidates list for LS polls, lists out celebs and statistics
The PM shouldn't stop at wooing allies ahead of the winter session. He must reach out to the BJP
The government is evidently girding itself for the challenge of the winter session of Parliament, beginning talks with parties it hopes to lean on for numbers. The prime minister met BSP leader Mayawati over lunch, a couple of days after he invited SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav to dinner. While Mayawati was quick to delink the meeting from the upcoming session of Parliament, it is clear that the support of these two parties will be very actively solicited. Their cooperation is critical, if the government is to achieve anything on its legislative to-do list.
The winter session, beginning November 22, is the most high-stakes one in this government's term so far. It finally has a raft of reformist decisions to defend and enact, including financial legislation in pension and insurance, the goods and services tax, the land acquisition bill and more. The opposition, led by the BJP, is determined to resist its decisions, including FDI in retail, the diesel price hike, the cap on LPG cylinders, etc. Mamata Banerjee's TMC, too, will not lose a chance to show up the government over these issues. Having displayed some policy resolve in recent weeks, it is also the UPA's responsibility to shepherd its bills through Parliament, not just by cobbling support from allies and fence-sitters, but also by extending itself to persuade and convince the opposition. It is not merely a matter of numbers and behind-the-scenes negotiation, there must be a visible attempt to engage those who seem set against these bills.
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- Govt vehicle hits two visually impaired students
- Ecclestone rules out Indian GP in 2015
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