The session, which will go on for a month, is set to witness some of the major announcements and the onus is on Modi-led government to present a ‘reasonable’ budget, especially when the economic situation is in doldrums and the people’s expectations are high.

Opposition parties have a number of issues to target the Centre, including the recent controversy over the government rejecting the name of former solicitor general Gopal Subramanium for appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court, the rape case row surrounding Union Minister Nihalchand and the rising incidents of atrocities against women in the country.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who convened a meeting in both Houses of Parliament before the commencement of the Budget Session earlier in the day, has reaffirmed that the government wants to take everyone along. He has also said that the government is not averse to taking up discussion on any issue if it is approved by the Chair.

Leaders of various political parties want issues of price rise, rail hike and federal structure to be discussed during the Budget Session, which concludes on August 14. The session will have 28 sittings and 168 working hours.
The Lok Sabha proceedings in this session will also have a new feature wherein a visual of the members speaking will be shown on a screen to enable all the members and even those sitting on the front benches to see those speaking from the rear benches.


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