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Parliament session likely to be stormy

Congress trying to project imposition of Centre’s rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh as an "attack" on federal structure of country

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Publish Date: Apr 24 2016 3:09PM | Updated Date: Apr 24 2016 3:09PM

Parliament session likely to be stormy

Political heat over the Uttarakhand crisis may see a stormy Parliament as the House opens on Monday with Congress giving notices for Question Hour’s suspension and adoption of a resolution condemning imposition of Centre’s rule in the hill state.

Second leg of the Budget session, would be short as it will end on May 13.
Notices given by leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and deputy leader of Congress in the House, Anand Sharma, seek to corner Narendra Modi-led Government by accusing it of "destabilising" a democratically-elected government in Uttarakhand.
After dismissal of the Rawat government in state, Congress has increased attack against the Narendra Modi dispensation, asserting that BJP is eyeing to destablise its governments in other states like Manipur and Himachal Pradesh. Giving a fresh turn to series of events, Supreme Court restored Central rule in Uttarakhand on Friday till April 27 by staying the judgment of the Uttarakhand high court.
Congress is trying to project imposition of Centre’s rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh as an "attack" on the federal structure of the country, hoping that other Opposition parties will support it  in cornering the Centre. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley defended imposition of Central rule in the state and said the government is prepared for a debate in Parliament.
Several MPs, mostly from election-bound states are likely to be caught up in campaigning and other poll-related responsibilities.
Although apart from the financial bill, business including discussion on demands for grants of various ministries in Lok Sabha and working of some ministries in Rajya Sabha, , 2016 constitute the main agenda for this brief session, consideration and passing of the Railways Appropriation Bill,2016 and Finance Bill, the government is likely to take some important bills like GST, Factories Act among others.
During session starting from Monday, apart from ratification of Presidential Proclamation in Uttarkhand under Article 356 of the Constitution, two ordinances that is the Uttarakhand Appropriation (Vote on Account) Ordinance,2016 and The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Second Ordinance, 2016 are also on pipeline.
Some of the other bills that Centre has planned for include are Regional Centre for Bio-technology Bill, 2016, Sikh Gurudwaras (Amendment) Bill), the Lok Pal and Lok Ayuktas and other related laws (Amendment) Bill, Electricity Amendment Bill, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) , Bill Merchant Shipping Bill and  the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code etc.