New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to step in to end the political deadlock over coal scam. Sources said the PM is likely to call an all-party meet to break the logjam in Parliament and try and pass the Land Bill and the Food Security Bill.
A temporary truce on the Finance Bill was achieved on Monday and the Bill will now be taken up post noon. It will be guillotined along with the Appropriation Bill, Demands for Grants and the Railway Budget.
Main Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party will stage a walkout to register its protest leaving the ground open for the government to pass the crucial money bills. The Finance Bill can't be delayed beyond Tuesday as per the rules. Government has to pass all money bills within 75 days of the Budget speech. After being passed in the Lok Sabha, the money bills will go to the Rajya Sabha and then to the President for his assent.
The stalemate ended on Monday after a meeting of floor leaders of various parties convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. "All financial business will be taken up in Parliament tomorrow," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters after the meeting.
He dismissed suggestions that Parliament would be adjourned sine die after passage of financial business. "There is no talk of adjourning Parliament sine die (before May 10)," he said. Along with the Finance Bill, some other financial business pending include the Railway Budget and Demand for Grants of ministries.
"It is unfortunate that in the last five days Parliament did not run. I am optimistic and hopeful that the House will function," Nath had said before the Speaker's meeting. Both Houses of Parliament have faced repeated adjournments over the issue of coal scam and JPC draft report.
BJP is demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on the issue of CBI's report to the Supreme Court on coal block scam. 15 JPC members of opposition parties have expressed "no confidence" in Chairman P C Chacko and have sought his removal by the Speaker on the 2G draft report, giving a clean chit to the Prime Minister and the Home Minister.
(With Additional Inputs From PTI)