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MPs demand discussion in LS on price rise
Published on 21 Feb. 2010 12:54 AM IST
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Leaders cutting across party lines Saturday asked for a discussion on price rise in the Lok Sabha during the budget session that starts Monday. At a meeting convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar ahead of the session, “all party leaders demanded discussion on price rise in the house”, said a participant who did not want to be identified. “It was an almost unanimous demand.” The speaker convened the meeting to seek the support of leaders to ensure smooth functioning of the house during the budget session. The Left party leaders demanded that parliament meet for 100 days every year. Kerala Congress-Mani (KC-M) leader Jose K. Mani demanded a hike in local area development fund for Members of Parliament. “The present amount (Rs.2 crore) is very inadequate,” he told IANS. The session will start Monday with the president’s address to both houses and conclude May 7, with a break of more than three weeks in between. The general budget will be presented Feb 26 and the railway budget Feb 24. Meanwhile, under attack from the Opposition over talks with Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the government is ready to discuss all issues in Parliament. “We are ready to discuss all issues in Parliament,” he told reporters after a meeting of leaders of political parties convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar. Singh was asked about BJP saying it will seek clarifications from the government in Parliament on why it has decided on the Foreign Secretary-level talks with Pakistan when terrorism from across the border has not stopped. BJP has already made it known that it would also raise issues like price rise and internal security situation during the session.

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