The Winter Session of the Indian Parliament began here on Thursday amid political row over Communal Violence Bill.
During the opening session, obituary references were read for Samajwadi Party MP Mohan Singh, Ram Naresh Khushwaha and veteran singer Manna Dey among others.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar also condoled the demise of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Murarilal Singh, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 61.
Ahead of the beginning of the session, the Prime Minister requested all political parties to help the Parliament function without disruptions.
"The session is a short one and the obligation is on all parties to get all possible legislation and pending business done," said the PM.
Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi wrote to Manmohan Singh expressing his opposition to the proposed Prevention of Communal Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013.
In a letter to Singh, Modi described the bill as being ill-conceived and poorly drafted and a recipe for disaster.
He described the bill as an attempt to encroach upon the authorities of the state governments and sought wider consultation among the various stakeholders such as the state governments, political parties, police and security agencies etc. before any further movement on the issue.
Defending the government, Minister of State for Planning and Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla said: "We have been working on the Communal Violence Bill for long. We are waiting for the Cabinet to approve it. Modi wants to twist everything, raises controversy over everything."
The Winter Session will continue till Dec 20.
There will be 12 sittings, said the Rajya Sabha in a release.
--IBNS (Posted on 05-12-2013)