Government appeals for peaceful parliament session

New Delhi, Feb 3: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath Monday appealed to all political parties not to disrupt the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha and allow passage of important bills.

Addressing a press conference after an all-party meeting ahead of the second part of the winter session beginning Feb 5, Nath said parliament has to debate and pass crucial bills, including six anti-corruption bills.

“As we come to the last session of the 15th Lok Sabha, I request political parties to rise above politics and give the highest priority to the anti-corruption bills because they form a package with the Lokpal bill,” Nath said.

He said the 15th Lok Sabha has had disruptions “like never before”.

The minister said that though the 15th Lok Sabha passed a lesser number of bills, some historical bills were cleared.

“We have done work in terms of substance,” he said, appealing to all parties not to “instigate or inspire disturbances”.

Stating that though all bills listed cannot be passed, he said the “six anti-corruption bills, and four-five other bills should be passed”.

“We are not looking at contentious, combative bills,” he said.

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said that along with the anti-graft bills, the bill for formation of Telangana and the communal violence bill were among the most important ones.

IANS