Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed hope that the winter session of Parliament would be "productive" wherein "people-centric issues" would be discussed. Taking to microblogging site PM Modi also called his meeting and interaction with the MPs of all parties "wonderful".
Had a wonderful interaction with leaders and MPs across party lines this evening.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 16, 2019
We look forward to a productive Parliament session, where people-centric and development oriented issues would be discussed. pic.twitter.com/EsNze39bSA
Apart from PM Modi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and his junior Arjun Ram Meghwal, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, DMK's TR Baalu, BSP's Danish Ali, LJP's Chirag Paswan and AIMIM's Asaduddin Owaisi were among the leaders present at the all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that issues raised by political parties during the all-party meeting will be discussed in Parliament's Winter Session which will start from November 18 and continue till December 13.
"All political parties have given the assurance that they will try to run the House in a good way with the cooperation of everyone," he said. With the government set to table several important Bills including Citizenship Amendment Bill, the winter session is expected to be stormy.
The Cabinet approved the Citizenship Amendment Bill (2016) in the Lok Sabha on January 7. The bill grants Indian citizenship by naturalisation to communities such as Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jains, Parsis, and Sikhs, fleeing persecution in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Citizenship would be granted to those who have lived in India for six or more years. The government argued that the bill is intended for those 'escaping persecution' and not economic migrants.
(with ANI inputs)