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Government Reaches Out to Opposition; BJP Minister Meets Sonia on Ordinance

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By Vinod Kumar Shukla

New Delhi, June 8, 2019: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government is approaching opposition political parties including the Congress to seek their cooperation on around 10 issues of national importance that the government wants to promulgate as ordinance. Some of these issues included triple talaq and the issue of reservation in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP leaders also met Congress general secretary and former Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on June 5, 2019 to seek support of his party on the same issue.

Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Union parliamentary affairs minister Prahlad Joshi and MP Arjun Ram Meghwal have met Sonia Gandhi to seek her support on the issue of national importance. Sources said that the BJP will meet other opposition leaders to seek their support in this regard. The ten ordinance that the government wants to promulgate included the Muslim Women (Protection of Right on Marriage) second ordinance, 2019, the India Medical Council (Amendment) second ordinance 2019, the Companies (Amendment), second ordinance 2019, the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment), ordinance 2019, the Adhara and other laws (Amendment) ordinance 2019, the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Ordinance 2019, the homeopathy Central Council (Amendment), ordinance 2019, the Special Economic Zone (Amendment), Ordinance, 2019 and the central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre), Ordinance, 2019. These are the first few things that the government wants to do in the outset.

The BJP does not have any problem in the Lok Sabha as far as numbers are concerned where it has over 303 seats of its own and with allies it has 353 seats. But the BJP is still short of majority in the upper house of Parliament but if the government wants to get it approved from Parliament it definitely needs support from the opposition so the entire exercise of the BJP is focused towards that only.

These ordinances need to be promulgated after that they will be brought before the cabinet and once cabinet approves it, they will be sent to Parliament for its approval and that is the road block for the BJP. So the party wants to play safe not only by taking the opposition along but also blame them if need be.

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