No plans to curtail session: Ananth Kumar

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Kumar added that Congress president Rahul Gandhi went abroad because he could not face defeat in the elections.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar

New Delhi: The Centre wants the ongoing Budget Session to run its full course till April 6 and transact maximum business, parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said on Tuesday, aiming to put an end to speculations that the session which has failed to transact any business in its second leg, may be curtailed.

Asking all parties to let the house function, Mr Kumar said the government wants to have “meaningful discussions”.

“There are no plans to curtail the session. We want to complete the  session... There are so many bills such as Medical Council of India and the Motor Vehicles Amendment Act that we want passed in this session,” he told reporters.

His remarks came after reports of Opposition parties claiming that the government wants to curtail the session after transacting the financial business required for implementation of the Union Budget.

He also labelled the Congress a “falling, failing and faltering organisation” and attacked it for not following parliamentary traditions and using Parliament as a mere platform to give speeches.

Mr Kumar added that Congress president Rahul Gandhi went abroad because he could not face defeat in the elections.

“The party is splintering under him and such a party cannot hold any coalition,” he said, replying to a query on the Congress hosting a dinner for Opposition leaders on Tuesday evening.

He termed the dinner a “futile exercise” and said the opposition would not gather any momentum from such an exercise.

“The Congress is not only diminishing as a political entity but also disintegrating and this is harsh reality. There can’t be any stable and coalition around such party,” he said.

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