Make Budget session fruitful, don’t let polls impact it: PM Narendra Modi

Times of India, February 01, 2022

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged all MPs to make the Budget session of Parliament fruitful by holding discussions with an “open mind” and making sure that the ongoing assembly elections do not affect the session, which is very important as it draws a blueprint for the entire year.

Addressing the media just before the start of the session, PM Modi said that it is true that because of frequent elections, sessions and discussions get affected but elections have their own place and will keep happening, and hoped that there are discussions that are free, thoughtful, full of human sensitivities, and with good intent.

“There are many opportunities for the country in today’s global situation as the country’s economic progress, vaccination programme against Covid-19, and India-made vaccines have built trust for it across the globe,” the Prime Minister said. Modi’s appeal for a debate with an “open mind” has come at a time when the session is likely to be stormy with opposition parties poised to raise issues like the Pegasus controversy.

In this Budget session also, the “open-minded” discussions of parliamentarians can become an important opportunity for making a global impact, Modi added.

“I hope that all MPs and all political parties will definitely help in taking the country on the path of progress and in accelerating it by having quality discussions with an open mind,” the PM said. Modi said,”…I urge all members of Parliament that elections have their own place and will keep happening… this Budget session in a way draws a blueprint for an entire year and therefore, it is very important.”
“The more fruitful we make this session with full commitment, there will be a big opportunity in the coming year to take the country to new economic heights,” he said.

The session comes ahead of the assembly elections from February 10 to March 7 in five states – Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Manipur, Uttarakhand and Goa. The counting of votes would take place on March 10.

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