No bill will be tabled in the Parliament on Tuesday, February 11 as scheduled, stated sources. This development comes at a time when the counting of votes is underway for the Delhi Assembly elections.
Earlier on Monday, the BJP had issued a three-line whip to all its Rajya Sabha members, asking them to be present in the House on Tuesday to "support the stand of the government". BJP's letter stated that "All BJP MPs of Rajya Sabha are informed that some very important Legislative work will be brought to the House on Tuesday, 11th February 2020, to be discussed and to be passed."
Meanwhile, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will reply in the House on Budget 2020 at 4 pm on Tuesday.
On February 1, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had commenced the budget speech by stressing that the 2020 Budget is to boost the income and enhance purchasing power. She had further noted that the fundamentals of the economy were strong, inflation had been contained, banks had been cleaned up and formalization of the economy had taken place during the NDA government’s first term in office.
Along with it, she spoke about the positive impact after the introduction of GST and also paid homage to the late Arun Jaitley for his invaluable contribution. She had also listed the success of government schemes such as PMAY, Ayushmann Bharat, financial inclusion, and other schemes.
Sitharaman bettered her own record of delivering the longest budget speech last Saturday. Her speech lasted around 2 hours 43 minutes. In 2019, her budget speech lasted 2 hours 15 minutes. There were a total of 13,128 words in her speech.