Modi to chair all-party meet ahead of Budget
New Delhi, January 30, 2021
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to chair an all-party meeting on Saturday through video conferencing so as to try and ensure the smooth functioning of Parliament during the Budget Session, which began on Friday.
Leaders of all parties have been invited to attend the meeting that is scheduled to be held in the backdrop of the ongoing farmers' agitation against the agricultural legislations passed in September and have kept the government and opposition at loggerheads.
The government has not shown any inclination towards repealing the farm laws which is the prime demand of the protesting farmers.
On Friday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla presided over a meeting of the floor leaders.
After the meeting, Birla said he has requested leaders of all parties in Lok Sabha to respect the dignity of the House, and sought their cooperation for the smooth conduct of the proceedings.
A total of 18 Opposition parties boycotted the President's address on Friday on the commencement of the Budget Session of Parliament -- the first of the new decade.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has been repeating that the government should find solutions regarding the farmers' agitation.
Along with the Congress, 17 opposition parties had announced boycott of Kovind's address to express solidarity with farmers, who have been protesting since November 26 at Singhu, Tikri and Ghazipur on Delhi's borders with Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, among other places, to press for their demands.