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All-Party Meet Ahead Of Winter Session: Centre Says It Is Ready To Discuss All Issues

In the meeting, the government emphasized its readiness for discussions on all issues and said that everything depends upon the opposition ensuring an enabling environment in the House.

Meeting of floor leaders of political parties in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha underway in Delhi.
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Leaders of political parties in Parliament met on Saturday to discuss the agenda for the Winter session of Parliament, which began the following Monday. In the meeting, the government emphasized its readiness for discussions on all issues and said that everything depends upon the opposition ensuring an enabling environment in the House.

Union minister Pralhad Joshi after the all-party meeting ahead of the Parliament session reportedly said, "Have assured govt is ready for discussion on all issues."

The opposition leaders demanded English nomenclature for the three bills seeking to replace criminal laws while also flagging issues of price rise, "misuse" of probe agencies, and Manipur.

Briefing reporters, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the government assured during the meeting that it is ready for discussion on all issues.

He, however, said the opposition must ensure an enabling environment for discussion to take place.

Joshi said the government is fully ready for a structured debate and has requested the opposition to let the House function smoothly.

He added that the government has taken the opposition's suggestions positively.

Joshi said 19 bills and two financial items were under consideration.

Deputy leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Pramod Tiwari said the opposition has flagged concerns over the issues of China "taking away" our land, Manipur, price rise and "misuse" of the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has convened the meeting which is being attended by senior leaders such as Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal, Congress leaders Jairam Ramesh, Gaurav Gogoi, and Pramod Tiwari, Trinamool leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, NCP leader Fouzia Khan, and RSP leader N K Premachandran among others.

The Winter session of Parliament begins on December 4 and will have 15 sittings till December 22, during which it is expected to consider key draft legislations, including three bills to replace the colonial era criminal laws.

The report of the Lok Sabha panel recommending the expulsion of Trinamool leader Mahua Moitra from the lower house over a "cash-for-query" complaint is also listed for tabling in the House on Monday, the first day of the session.

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