New Delhi: The UPA-II government is once again hoping to pass the controversial Women's Reservation Bill before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections as it has listed it for winter session of Parliament. However, the government is likely to face fierce opposition from the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and even the section of the Congress.
The Women's Reservation Bill and Lokpal Bill are government's priority in winter session of Parliament", said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.
According to sources, under pressure from Congress President Sonia Gandhi, bacK channels talk are on to convince opponents for the bill. Sonia is hoping to target women votebank in the 2014 polls with this bill.
The women's reservation bill has been passed in the Rajya Sabha but not in the Lok Sabha.
Meanwhile, Nath has called an all party meet at 7 pm on Tuesday before the winter session of Parliament. He said that pending bills like the Lokpal Bill will be given priority.
Nath said this is a short session and the government will try to expedite the business and endeavour to pass crucial pending legislation. "The government's priority is to get those bills passed which have been cleared by either House but are pending in the other," he said.
The session will have only 12 working days of which three will be dedicated to Private Members' Bills. "Time permitting, we will try to have debates on the
issues demanded by the other parties," Nath said.
He claimed all parties have said they want the House to run smoothly. "We will sit till late if required to get bills passed," Nath said.
The Telangana Bill has not been listed, however, he has not ruled out the possibility of s special seesion on the issue. Swaraj said she was surprised to see that the Telangana Bill, "about which the government talks day and night", is not in the government's list of business for the session.
She hoped that the government will bring a better and stronger Lokpal Bill for passage in this session.
Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) said this will effectively be the last session before the Lok Sabha polls as the next session would be held only to pass the Vote on Account.
Two days are likely to be spent on Supplementary Demands for Grants.
"The proceedings of the House are disrupted as the government is obdurate," Yechury said. The Left is likely to flag the plight of Tamil fishermen and the Sri Lankan Tamil issue at the CHOGM.
(With additional information from PTI)