On the eve of the first budget session in the new Parliament building, the Indian government has made a significant move by initiating the revocation of the suspension of 14 opposition MPs, in a bid to extend an olive branch to the opposition for the smooth conduct of proceedings. The suspension of 11 Rajya Sabha MPs, held guilty of breach of privilege by a Rajya Sabha Committee, was revoked ahead of the Budget Session, which starts tomorrow.
This decision comes after a record 146 opposition MPs, from both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, were suspended during the Winter Session for disrupting proceedings to press their demand for a discussion on various issues. The revocation of the suspension of the MPs is expected to ensure their participation during the 10-day session.
The interim Union budget, to be presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Feb 1, will be a key indicator of the government’s agenda ahead of the general elections likely to be held in April-May. All eyes will also be on the address by President Droupadi Murmu on Wednesday, as these events will provide insights into the government’s priorities and plans for the future.
The government’s move to revoke the suspension of the opposition MPs is a significant step towards promoting dialogue and cooperation in the parliamentary process. It is hoped that this decision will pave the way for meaningful discussions and constructive decision-making during the upcoming session, ultimately serving the best interests of the Indian public.