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Plans to introduce 21 new bills

NEW DELHI: The Finance Bill is all set to be passed by the Lok Sabha on May 3 and hopefully by Parliament by May 5, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi said here on Monday.

After this important financial business is completed marking the end of the process of adopting the Union budget the Government will be ready to respond to any debate or discussion on any subject that political parties would like to focus on, provided that the Chairs of the two Houses find their notices in order, he said.

He said the Leader of the Opposition, L.K. Advani, had mentioned that his party would like a discussion on a priority basis on India-Pakistan talks, with special reference to Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Dasmunsi said other parties want a discussion on price rise.

"My only request is that since the presence of the Finance Minister is important for that debate, it should take place after May 11 when he will be returning from a visit to Washington." The dates for the discussions would be finalised at the next meeting of the Business Advisory Committee on May 3, he said.