April 12, 2017
Budget Session Wrap: A productive session for TMC
The second leg of the 2017 Budget Session of Parliament began with the Members of Parliament (MP) of the Trinamool Congress staging a protest near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi inside the Parliament complex on the issue of the killing of two Indians in America.
Inside Parliament also, the party played the role of a responsible Opposition by raising important issues, speaking on key legislations and opposing the Government where required.
In the second week of the second phase of Budget Session, 2017, Trinamool Congress’ Members of Parliament (MPs) in the Lok Sabha raised important points related to the Demands for Grants for the ministries of Railways, Agriculture, Defence and Home Affairs for financial year 2017-18. In the Rajya Sabha, the party put forth its views on issues related to the 2017-18 Union Budget.
Trinamool Congress MPs also raised a variety of issues of public importance in Parliament ranging from medical negligence in private hospitals to farmer suicides, from manual scavenging to the divestment by the Central Government of profitable public sector units.
The third week of the second part of the Budget Session saw Trinamool Congress MPs speaking on important Bills like the Finance Bill and the HIV AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014. The party also put forth its views on electoral reforms during a Short Duration Discussion. The party also took part during the discussion on the Supplementary Demand for Grants for the General Budget.
The party also raised issues of public importance during the Zero Hours and Question Hours all through the week.
The fourth week of this Budget Session saw Trinamool Congress MPs putting forth the party’s views on important Bills like the GST Bills, The Appropriation (Railways) Bill, 2017 and The Mental Healthcare Bill, 2016. Issues of political, economic and social urgency like the Indo-Bangladesh Teesta Water Treaty and the crackdown on meat-sellers were also spoken on. The party’s MPs also asked questions and made Zero Hour mentions on important topics.
This fifth week was an eventful week for Trinamool Congress. On April 5, Trinamool MPs protested outside Parliament against the cut in interest rates for small savings schemes, which has affected a lot of people in the country. Trinamool Congress put forth its views on this issue in the two Houses of Parliament too. The party also moved two Amendments on the GST Bill.
During the last week of the second part of the 2017 Budget Session, MPs spoke on a variety of issues. In both the Houses of Parliament, the party strongly condemned a BJP Youth leader’s bounty on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s head. Issues like Aadhaar, HIV and the National Commission for Backward Classes were dealt with at length by the MPs. In the Lok Sabha, Saugata Roy gave a statement on the behalf of the House, condemning the death sentence given to Kulbhushan Jadhav by Pakistan. During a Zero Hour, the party spoke up against armed Ram Navami rallies in Bengal.
Important issues were also taken up during the Zero Hour and the Question Hour. Abhishek Banerjee asked a question on national investment and manufacturing zones. Deepak Adhikari made a Zero Hour mention too.