NEW DELHI: Seeking cooperation of all parties in running Parliament during Budget session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it is a ‘maha-panchayat’ which should function despite differences which may crop up during poll season.
After the Winter Session was washed out due to protests over demonetisation, Modi reached out to the opposition on the eve of the Budget session at an all-party meeting here called by the government that was attended by all major parties except Trinamool Congress, which has been unhappy over the note ban and arrest of its MPs in chit fund cases.
The government, however, asserted that the Budget will be presented as scheduled, rejecting the opposition’s allegations that it will impact the upcoming assembly elections.
Speaking to reporters, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that during the meeting Prime Minister Modi sought support of all parties and said “in election time, there can be some differences among us, but Parliament is mahapanchayat. It should function.”
Kumar said all parties responded positively and said that they want the House to function smoothly.
Rejecting the opposition’s allegation that government should not have advanced the session as early presentation of the Union Budget will impact the level playing field during upcoming state assembly elections, the Minister said Supreme Court and Election Commission have already given their judgement on this.
“The government’s efforts will be that the budget should benefit all and takes the country forward,” Kumar said.