BJP leaders conduct meeting ahead of Budget Session
On Wednesday, top BJP leaders met at Union minister Rajnath Singh’s residence. The meeting was organised to discuss the strategy for parliament’s Budget Session from January 29.
The Bharatiya Janata Party is preparing to face its pugnacious opposition in the budget session and in order to discuss the ways to do so; it decided to conduct a meeting at Union Minister’s residence. The opposition is trying to corner the government on the controversial farm laws and the Chinese aggression. The leaked Whatsapp messages of Republic TV editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, has been added to these matters.
According to a BJP functionary, the opposition will surely raise the issue of protests against the three farm laws, which were introduced by the Centre in September,2019. Though the government has repeatedly said that the laws benefit the farmers and that the provisions of the legislation were suggested by several parties including the Congress, still this issue will be highlighted by the opposition.
The functionary said, “The Congress has been misleading the farmers by alleging that the laws will benefit cooperates but the truth is that they themselves had made similar suggestions such as abolishing the APMC [Agricultural Produce Market Committee] Act when they were in power.”
The meeting included, Union ministers S Jaishankar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Pralhad Joshi, and Thawar Chand Gehlot, among others.
Before every parliament session, all party meetings are a customary affair. Hence, on January 30, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided to chair a virtual all-party meeting. In the meeting, the demands of the opposition and the legislative plans of the government for the session will be discussed.
The Congress has made it very clear that in the session, the party will definitely raise the issue of leaked chats of Arnab Goswami. It suggested that the leaked messages point to conspiracy and leak of classified security information.
Opposition has also accused Modi and other top ministers of violating the Official Secrets Act. It demanded a probe and action against those who allegedly leaked sensitive information to Goswami.