BJP asks govt to wait for Monsoon Session for Food Security ordinance
Posted on: 03:33 PM IST Jun 12, 2013
New Delhi: At a time when the government is pushing hard for Food Security ordinance in Cabinet, the Bharatiya Janata Party said the government should wait for the Monsooon Session and the party is in favour of discussion on the Bill.
BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, "Let them bring the ordinance first, will react tomorrow. They should wait for the Parliament session. Congress in a hurry because it doesn't know whether it's government will stay till Monsoon Session. BJP in favour of discussion on Food Security."
The government is facing strong opposition coming in from key ally and NCP Chief Sharad Pawar and Food Minister KV Thomas.
But an ordinance is being seen as the only way out as the Congress is getting ready for a possible pullout by the Samajwadi Party soon. The Congress is getting prepared for a possible early election - maybe by the end of 2013.
The government says roll out of the Bill will take at least three months and so it needs time. The Congress doesn't want to accept amendments pushed by other parties which could delay passage of Bill in Monsoon Session.
The government had placed the Bill for passage in Budget Session but the House didn't run and so couldn't take it up.