Won’t curtail Parliament session, Lokpal Bill top priority: Kamal Nath

New Delhi, Dec 12: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday ruled out an early end to the Parliament session, saying it will run as per schedule.

“No such plans right now,” Nath told media on reports of parliament being adjourned Sine Die by this week.

He further said that Lokpal Bill remains the top priority even as both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been repeatedly disrupted due to protests against the creation Telangana.

Both Houses were disrupted and then adjourned for the fifth straight day on Wednesday.

Earlier, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the government will make an effort to evolve a political consensus on all bills tabled by it in Parliament.

Speaking ahead of the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament, Dr. Singh said: “This session of Parliament is of short duration, and therefore, it is obligatory on the part of all political parties represented in our Parliament to make their best possible efforts to get essential business of the two houses transacted as speedily and as smoothly as possible.”

In all, 38 bills, including the Lokpal Bill, the Women”s Reservation Bill, the Bill for the creation of the new state of Telangana and the Street Vendors Bill, are slated for passage during the session which will conclude on December 20. (ANI)