New Delhi: The first half of the Budget session, 2013 ended on Friday with one of the important bills – Anti-rape Bill – passed.

The remaining part of the session would start from April 22, after a four-week break. The second half of the Budget Session will see tabling of some major bills including Food Security and Land Reform Bill.
The Budget session of Parliament, which commenced on February 21 witnessed the presentation of the populist Railway Budget along with passage of controversial Anti-rape Bill.

As expected, the first half of the Budget session was stormy with Opposition strongly raising issues of corruption and inflation. Issue of VVIP chopper deal scam also led to the adjournment of both the houses. Apart from corruption, issue of Sri Lankan Tamils also rocked both the houses. Issues like making English mandatory in UPSC and others also disrupted the function of both the houses.

The Parliament session also witnessed uproar by Samajwadi Party members who demanded resignation of Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma after he allegedly linked SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to terrorists.

The seven-week session, which will have a month-long break from March 22 to April 22, will culminate on May 10. The session has many important legislatures which are to be discussed. Some of the important bills include Bill of Sexual Violence against women, Bill on Land Acquisition, Food Security Bill, Lokpal Bill and Bill to make provision for quota in promotions for SC, ST.

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