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Lucknow encounter: Rajnath Singh likely to make statement in Parliament today

The opposition Congress has said that it will raise issues like attacks on Indians in the US and the anti-terror operation in Lucknow on the first day of the second-half of Budget Session starting today.

India TV Politics Desk India TV Politics Desk New Delhi Updated on: March 09, 2017 11:30 IST
File pic of HM Rajnath Singh
File pic of HM Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement on the Lucknow encounter and the pipe bomb blast in Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train in the Parliament today. 

Meanwhile, the the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is conducting raids several districts of the state to nab other terror suspects.

The opposition Congress has said that it will raise issues like attacks on Indians in the US and the anti-terror operation in Lucknow on the first day of the second-half of Budget Session starting today.

Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday said that these two issues will be raised on the first day adding that the decision on other issues to be raised in rest of the session will be taken later. 

"On Thursday, these two issues will be raised. We will decide on other issues to be raised in rest of the session later," Mallikarjun Kharge said.

On the other hand, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has said that the government is prepared to take up any discussion opposition parties want.

"The government is prepared to discuss all issues raised by the opposition subject to permission of the presiding officers," Naqvi said.

The minister said that pending bills, including the ones relating to Goods and Services Tax and Enemy Property, are among those on the government's agenda.

"There are 20 new bills on the agenda of the government," Naqvi said.

Leaders from different parties felt that the mood of the session will depend on the results of assembly elections in five states -- Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Punjab and Manipur.

The first session of the Budget session that commenced on January 31, concluded on February 9. The second session will concluded on April 12, as per the current schedule.

Asked about it, Naqvi did not deny the possible impact of the results of assembly polls to five states on the session.

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