Government, on its part, is leaving no stone unturned to see the passage of the Constitution Amendment bill in the Lok Sabha where it was brought up for consideration on Tuesday.
     
Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday held a meeting of floor leaders of NDA allies in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha asking them to ensure the presence of each and every member on Wednesday for smooth passage of the measure in the Lower House.
     
Leaders of Shiv Sena, TDP, LJP, SAD and smaller parties including NPP, SDF and RPI (Athawale) were present as also representatives of the Shetkari Swabhiman Paksha and Apna dal were present. Former Speaker P A Sangma of the National People's Party has also been approached.

Unfazed by government stand, Congress leaders stuck to the demand for sending the key reform measure to the Standing Committee.
     
Deputy leader of the Congress in the Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma was firm in the demand.
     
"We are for legislative scrutiny of the bill", said  Sharma. His remarks are significant as The NDA does not have majority in the Upper House where the opposition can call the shots.
      
At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Gaurav Gogoi lamented the Narendra Modi dispensation's frequent attempts to "bypass" the Parliamentary Standing Committee route for bills.
      
"Out of 51 bills brought by the government, only seven have been referred to the Standing Committee.Why the Standing Committee route is being bypassed?", he asked making a strong pitch for GST bill to be referred to such a panel.

Latest News from India News Desk