The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha in India have two contrasting stories to narrate to the average Indian voter. During the Monsoon Session in 2015, productivity of Lok Sabha was merely 48 percent and that of Rajya Sabha was a dismal 9 percent. This was the second lowest productivity of Rajya Sabha in past 15 years. Surprisingly the previous budget session in 2015 saw a commendable productivity of 122 percent in Lok Sabha and 102 percent in Rajya Sabha. One would be curious to know what could certainly have led to this drastic dip of nearly 10 folds in the functioning of the Rajya Sabha?
Congress leaders at the behest of their party president Sonia Gandhi wanted to ensure that BJP led NDA government should not be given the autonomy to function independently in spite of a majority. The Congress which predominately occupies the Upper house had scripted a bollywood drama involving Lalit Modi scandal and Vyapam scam to ensure a complete washout of the monsoon session. A deliberate scheme had been hatched to demand removal senior BJP leaders like Sushma Swaraj, Vasundara Raje and Shivraj Singh Shauhan. In an attempt to overshadow PM Modi’s leadership and hinder the passage key legislative measures during the monsoon session, Congress was ready to block this Nation from progressing further.
Justifying the Congress’s action of a complete monsoon washout, Sonia Gandhi went all the way to accuse PM Narendra Modi of functioning with autocracy. She charged him of securing the historic Nagaland peace accord without consultation from North East Congress Chief ministers. Absurdity of this claim by the Congress President is nothing short of nonsensical for two obvious reasons.
Firstly the Modi government had organized an all party meeting in July 2015 for all North East Chief Ministers but unfortunately none of the Congress CMs turned up for the meet. Once the deal had been secured Congress CMs Nabim Tuki (Arunachal Pradesh) and Tarun Gogoi (Assam) had hailed the PM for resolving an issue which was dragging nearly for two decades old. Surprisingly Nabim Tuki was forced to delete his tweet which praised PM Modi after probably receiving flak from senior Congress leadership.
Secondly in matters pertaining to border, defense and terrorism, the Center Government can take a unanimous decision in the highest interest of the Nation. One such typical example was the decision to storm the Golden Temple and kill Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale. This decision was taken by the Indira Gandhi government inspite of stiff opposition from the Akalis.
In 2015, the Winter Session again witnessed a similar scenario. While the productivity of the Lok Sabha was at 98 percent, the Rajya Sabha worked only for 51 percent of its scheduled time. Top rating agencies had warned an economic slump if BJP failed to push key reforms such as Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Land Bill. If GST had been passed during the Winter Session in 2015, it would have been implemented in 1st April 2016 and this would have translated into an economic growth of 1-2 percent for team India. But sadly it didn’t!!!
What came as a rude shock to PM Modi and BJP President Amit Shah is that, they didn’t expect BJP to fare poorly in the state of Bihar during the 2015 assembly elections. Congress apparently on the other end struck gold by allying with Lalu’s RJD and Nitish’s JDU to make a clean sweep in the state. The lack of NDA’s presence in Rajya Sabha persisted and the situation got worse by the opponents ganging together to form an unholy alliance.
In an unexpected turn of events Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had been summoned by Delhi High Court in the National herald case which was filed in 2012 by Subramaniam Swamy. This further infuriated the Gandhi family loyalists in Congress thereby making them go berserk during the winter session. The winter session was gone even before it started and Rahul Gandhi enjoyed a much deserved vacation in Europe for his New Year 2016.
The current Budget session which is expected to kick start on February 23rd 2016 will have a lot of expectations from investors who have thronged to MAKE IN INDIA. They definitely expect support from the government by passing all crucial pending legislation like GST bill, Real Estate Regulator Bill and Bankruptcy Code Bill. The passage of all these bills holds the key to implementation of BJP’s pet economic projects.
Death of a Dalit student, Rohith Vemula, in University of Hydeabad and curbing freedom of expression by encouraging Anti Nationalism in Jawaharlal Nehru University has already set the tone of what is expected to come. The initial ground work of instigating protesters in various universities across India has been successfully deployed. Congress and Left which is all set to form an alliance for the West Bengal assembly elections in 2016 have been stage managing these protests in the run up to Budget session.
Irrespective of the fact that PM Narendra Modi has held an all party meeting with various stakeholders in order to ensure a smooth functioning of parliament, Congress will still ensure a washout unless BJP thinks of something brilliant.