PM seeks cooperation for constructive monsoon session

New Delhi, Aug 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday expressed hope that the monsoon session of parliament, starting Aug 5, would be "constructive and productive" and sought cooperation of all political parties for this.

Meanwhile, responding to the opposition's contention that the session, scheduled to last till Aug 30, would, in practice, have just 12 working days available against the estimated 16 to take up the 44 listed bills, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath hinted it could be extended, if needed.

"We expect a constructive and productive session of parliament...I sincerely hope all sections of the house will cooperate in making this a very productive, constructive session," the prime minister told reporters after an all party meet called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to ensure smooth running of parliament.

He said disruptions in the past few sessions have blocked key bills.

"A lot of time was wasted in the previous two-three sessions, and a lot of legislative agenda is pending before parliament," the prime minister said, adding that the government was ready for any debate.

"Government on its part is willing to discuss any issue which may agitate the opposition, but all that we respectfully ask of the opposition is its cooperation in passing the essential legislative work, the primary responsibility of parliament," said Manmohan Singh.

He flagged the food security bill as the most important legislation pending before parliament.

"Of all the five or six ordinances before parliament, the most important is the food security ordinance. I sincerely hope parliament in its wisdom will find it productive, and justified to pass the bill, to convert the ordinance into a bill in an active parliament," he said.

The government has listed around 44 bills for the monsoon session. The list of pending bills with exceeds 100.

The session could be extended, if necessary, hinted Kamal Nath while dismissing suggestions that this will be the last session and there might be early national elections.

"There are still three sessions left, including the monsoon session, the winter session and budget session for the vote-on-account," he told reporters.

His remark came after Samajwadi Party MP Shailendra Kumar expressed apprehension that the session may not run smoothly.

"It seems it is an election session due to the kind of bills the government is bringing. It appears that the government is looking at its benefit by bringing all these measures," Shailendra Kumar while referring to the food security ordinance and the recent Congress decision to create Telangana state out of Andhra Pradesh.

The SP lawmaker indicated that his party's support to the food security ordinance was not readily available.

"We will talk about the rights of the farmers and see that their interests are not ignored and the state's authority is not violated. Our leadership has maintained that the bill should not be passed without a thorough discussion," he said.

There was consensus on the food scurity ordinance, Kamal Nath claimed.

"Political parties have some point to make but there is a very large consensus," he said.

Referring to the creation of Telangana, Kamal Nath it was not a new issue and there has been a debate for long on it.

"The bill for creation of Telangana should be brought in this session," senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Lok Sabha Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said in a tweet.

Kamal Nath said there will be discussion on the flood-hit Uttarakhand and the condition of the economy.

--Indo-Asian News service

aag/vd/vm

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

On-field action set to divert from off-field drama

On-field action set to divert from off-field drama

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'If you do the wrong thing it will be found out'

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Mitchell Johnson may quit T20s for Test cricket

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

There's a lot going on, I won't lie: Stephen Fleming

There's a lot going on, I won't lie: Stephen Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Klinger on his exit from South Australia

Michael Klinger has revealed he felt compelled to leave South Australia after being told he would be only a fringe part of the Redbacks' plans for next season, and disputed the suggestion that he left… More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

India-Pakistan Test series likely in 2015

The revival of Indo-Pak Test ties could take place in UAE. More »

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

Kohli hopes to end RCB trophy drought

'This time around we will hope to go few more steps ahead and actually get that trophy' More »

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Gavaskar can help IPL regain glory

Apart from the foreign players a lot of behind-the-scene activity has taken place in selecting the Indian domestic players. More »

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Tendulkar, Ganguly to promote soccer

Leading Spanish club Atletico Madrid and former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among the owners of eight franchises of a new Indian… More »

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

This isn’t my first trip to India: Neesham

Kiwi all-rounder wants to utilise the India leg to explore the country’s tourist attractions. More »

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Ishant wanted to quit ODIs

Says his mother made him change his mind. More »

Pietersen’s ‘little’ secret is out

Pietersen’s ‘little’ secret is out

A fractured little finger could now throw the Delhi Daredevils captain out of action at the start of this season. More »

Supreme Court says no to BCCI’s request

Supreme Court says no to BCCI’s request

Bench refuses to grant access to recordings of Srini and Dhoni’s depositions before Mudgal committee. More »

SMA Trophy gets short-changed

SMA Trophy gets short-changed

Key players are away preparing for the IPL, taking the shine off the other domestic T20 fixture. (CYCSPL) More »

IPL’s credibility needs rebuilding

IPL’s credibility needs rebuilding

Players, coaches, team management and franchises would do well to realise that the seventh edition of the IPL is under intense scrutiny and credibility… More »