Budget session of Parliament which begins today will be the first showdown between the opposition and the government of the year. All eyes will be glued to the Parliament as the atmosphere is likely to be cloudy. The opposition has polished its armory to disrupt the session on the recent debated issues like the JNU row and Rohith Vemula suicide.
However, an all party meeting yesterday had discusses the fluent functioning of Parliament and has reached the consensus. Earlier on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also called for an all party meet to make sure that the budget session will progress smoothly.
But the opposition is more likely to disrupt the Budget session. They are also expected to raise the Pathankot terror attack and the Presidents rule in Arunachal Pradesh, besides the recent Jat agitation for the reservation in government jobs in Haryana.
Since it is the first of the year, President Pranab Mukherjee will address both the houses today. The Railway Budget is scheduled to be presented on February 25 followed by the Union Budget on February 29. The first half of the session will span from February 23 to March 16. After a recess, the session will resume its second half from April 25 and ends on May 17.
The Budget session is much awaited to witness the passage of GST Bill and Real Estate Bill, which are long pending, post to its failure to be passed in the complete washout of the monsoon and winter sessions. Including these, a total number of 16 Bills are pending in the Parliament to be passed, 5 in Lok Sabha and 11 in Rajya Sabha.