Winter session: PM seeks cooperation

New Delhi, Dec 3 : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said his government will try to ensure that the Winter session of Parliament went off smoothly and all business was transacted while he assured passage of the Telangana bill for a new state amid the opposition demand for an extension of the short session after a break.

"We seek the cooperation of all segments of the two house," he said about the winter session and various bills and businesses scheduled.

He said whatever urgent financial business is there will have to be transacted in priority basis.

"We are talking to various political parties to ensure smooth passage of the essential bills," he said when asked about the passage of Lokpal Bill.

He said he is fully committed to Telangana.

Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj meanwhile after an all party meeting of Lok Sabha members said that the Telangana bill must come up in this session.

The meeting was called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar to ensure a disruption free session.

She said price rise- especially prices of vegetables and fuel- will be discussed. She said rise in crime against women is also another issue to be debated in Parliament.

Swaraj also said there is a consensus among parties to extend the winter session after a break. The session concludes on Dec 20 otherwise.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday asked the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government to bring a bill for creation of Telangana state besides passing the Lokpal bill in the upcoming Winter Session of the Parliament.

India's main opposition party conveyed its views over these issues and other during an all-party meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.

The meeting was attended by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.

"There was an All Party meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister today. Shri Shinde and Shri Chidambaram were also present.Advaniji, Shri Arun Jaitley, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad and I attended the meeting," BJP leader Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

"We demanded that Telangana and Lokpal Bill should be brought by the Government and passed in this session," she said.

Swaraj said the BJP has asked for a discussion on the issue of internal security and Patna blasts in October this year.

"We asked for discussion on internal security with special reference to bomb blasts in Patna rally..We also asked for debate on atrocities against women and functioning of JPC on 2G spectrum. We will also like to discuss price rise, slow down of economy and other important issues before the country," she said.

The Winter Session of Parliament will begin from Dec 5 and continue till Dec 20.

Communist Party of India (CPI) parliamentarian Gurudas Dasgupta also talked about an extended session after break and if need be to extend it to 2014.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said the idea of an extended session after a break was raised by the Lok Sabha members and after discussion with the Rajya Sabha members he would see if there is a consensus on this.

He said all political parties have agreed on the Telangana bill.

--IBNS (Posted on 03-12-2013)

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