Floor leaders attend all-party meeting convened by government ahead of Budget session of Parliament

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and his Deputy Arjun Ram Meghwal represented the government at the meet.

January 30, 2024 01:13 pm | Updated 05:27 pm IST - New Delhi

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a meeting of the all party leaders in both the Houses of Parliament, ahead of the Budget session, in New Delhi, on January 30, 2024.

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh during a meeting of the all party leaders in both the Houses of Parliament, ahead of the Budget session, in New Delhi, on January 30, 2024. | Photo Credit: Shiv Kumar Pushpakar

Floor leaders of various parties on January 30 attended an all-party meeting convened by the government ahead of the Budget session of Parliament.

Defence Minister and Deputy Leader in the Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and his Deputy Arjun Ram Meghwal represented the government at the meet.

Congress’ K. Suresh, Trinamool Congress’ Sudip Bandopadhyay, DMK’s T. R. Baalu, Shiv Sena’s Rahul Shewale, Samajwadi Party’s S. T. Hasan, JD(U)‘s Ram Nath Thakur and TDP’s Jayadev Galla were among the leaders present at the meeting at the Parliament House complex.

Congress MP Pramod Tiwari, who represented the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, said he raised the issue of the "violent attack" on the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra led by Rahul Gandhi in Assam and the State government's curbs on it.

An "unwritten dictatorship" prevails in the country and accused the Central government of misusing probe agencies such as the Central Bureau of Investigation and the Enforcement Directorate to target Opposition leaders such as Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren and Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad, he told reporters while the meeting was under way. Mr. Tiwari said he raised these issues after consulting the Opposition parties.

It is a customary practice ahead of every session to convene a meeting as leaders of various parties highlight the issues they want to raise in Parliament, and the government offers them a glimpse into its agenda and seeks their cooperation.

It will be a short session this time, between January 31 and February 9, with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman set to table an interim Budget ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The new government will present the full-fledged Budget. The session will begin with President Droupadi Murmu's address.

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