Parliament’s winter session began today, coinciding with election results in 5 states. The government is likely to face opposition wrath over the exit to RBI governor Urjit Patel, the Rafale deal and the shuffling in CBI. To take some heat off itself, the ruling BJP is expected to highlight the fact that the government managed to extradite Christian Michel, the alleged middleman in the Rs. 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper deal and the successful pursuing of fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya’s extradition case. Speaking at the start of the session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “This session is important; many issues of public importance will be taken up. I have faith that all the members of the parliament will respect this sentiment and move ahead. Our efforts are that discussions are held on all issues.”
In the nearly month-long session, the government will push for passage of the triple talaq bill pending in the Rajya Sabha. It had promulgated an ordinance to make the practice of instant triple talaq a penal offence. The Shiv Sena is likely to call for a law to pave the way for construction of a Ram temple at Ayodhya.According to the Parliamentary Affairs Ministry, 45 bills have been listed for introduction and passage including–The National Commission for Indian System of Medicine (NCIM) Bill, 2018, The National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) Bill, 2018, The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill 2018 and The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2018.