READ ALSO: Monsoon session: PM Modi braces for opposition attack, calls maiden meet of NDA parties The Sena leader wanted the Prime Minister to hold such consultations with the heads of the constituent parties like Uddhav Thackeray of the Shiv Sena, Parkash Singh Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal.
At the all-party meeting, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that if Modi announced their resignations on the floor of the House, the passage of the bills would “become very easy”.
Sources said the parliamentary select committee examining the proposed Land Acquisition Bill is unlikely to finalise its report even by the new deadline of the first week of August as members from the Opposition parties are not keen to push ahead to conclude their work.
Modi said the Monsoon Session was short and hence its time needs to be utilised for debating important issues, for which the government was ready.
Meanwhile, the Opposition has already set the tone for a stormy Parliament session.
The Congress has demanded the sack for central ministers Sushma Swaraj and Smriti Irani as well as chief ministers Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Lalit Modi scandal, a row over educational qualifications and the Vyapam scam.
On the Land bill, the Prime Minister expressed agreement with the remarks by Ram Gopal Yadav that since there is no consensus on the issue, both government and opposition should make some adjustments to resolve the issue.
While Congress has made it clear that it will not allow Parliament to function unless BJP leaders facing allegations quit, the government has asserted that there will be no resignations and that it will not give in to any ultimatum. The NDA allies had also sought such a meeting amidst differences of views on land acquisition amendment bill.
“All party leaders should move forward on the bill”, the prime minister told an all-party meeting here, a day before parliament opens its monsoon session.
Modi has also convened a meeting of the National Democratic Alliance.
“There have been so many prime ministers in the past, but if there is just one prime minister who understands labour, it’s me”. His senior colleagues like Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Urban Development & Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Venkaiah Naidu and others have so far defended her in the public.
The party is trying to get its act together not only to frustrate the Opposition but to also assure its allies that the charges against the Chief Ministers are baseless.
A number of parties felt a washout of Parliament is not a solution.
The scam allegedly involves several state government officials, former ministers and politicians, mainly belonging to the state’s ruling BJP, police officials said.
Curiously, he quoted the Samajwadi Party’s Ramgopal Yadav, who had said that collective efforts were required for the effective functioning of the opposition.