Covid situation, unemployment, fuel price rise: TMC raises 10 issues at all-party meet

New Delhi : Ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) raised a host of issues at the all-party meeting hosted by Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi on Sunday, sources said.

TMC MPs Sudip Bandopadhyay and Derek O’Brien flagged 10 issues that need to be discussed in the Houses during the upcoming session. This also includes grievances with the majority party’s practices and behaviour of its representatives when it comes to debates and perusal of Bills in Parliament.

The 10 points raised by the TMC are as follows:

1. Unemployment

2. Price rise of essentials/fuel prices

3. Include MSP in law

4. Federal structure being weakened in multiple ways

5. Disinvestment of profitable PSUs must stop

6. BSF jurisdiction.

7. Pegasus Issue – government disrupted Monsoon session

8. Covid-19 situation

9. Bring women’s reservation bill

10. Do not bulldoze bills (scrutinize bills) Poor record since 2014

Several prominent leaders from Opposition parties were in attendance at the all-party meeting. This includes Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Adhir R Chowdhury and Anand Sharma from Congress, Sudip Bandopadhyay and Derek Obrien from TMC, TR Baalu and T Siva from DMK, and Sharad Pawar from the NCP.


The Winter Session of Parliament is set to begin on a stormy note on Monday, with the government ready to bring in a bill to repeal the three contentious farm laws.

The Farm Laws Repeal Bill is slated to be introduced in the Lok Sabha. The bill states that though “only a small group of farmers are protesting” against these legislations, the need of the hour is to take along everyone for inclusive growth.

The ruling BJP and main opposition party Congress have issued whips to their MPs to be present on the day.

The opposition will seek to target the government on the issue of farmers’ plight as well as their demand for a legal backing for minimum support price.

The Congress has also demanded a condolence resolution for the farmers who died during the year-long protests against the three laws.


Besides the repeal bill, the government has listed 25 draft legislations for the Parliament session, including one to ban all but a few private cryptocurrencies while allowing an official digital currency by the RBI.

A report of the Joint Committee of Parliament on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 will also be tabled in the two Houses during the session.

According to the government’s legislative business list for the session, three bills have also been listed to replace as many ordinances.

These three bills are Narcotics Drug and Psychotic Substances Bill to amend an act of the same name, the Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Bill and the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill.

The Central Vigilance Commission (Amendment) Bill and the Delhi Special Police Establishment (Amendment) Bill propose to extend the tenure of directors of the CVC and CBI.

There is also a politically significant bill specifically for poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, to amend the SC and ST list of the state. It is being introduced just a few months before the UP assembly election slated to be held early next year.

Similarly, there is another bill to amend the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes list of Tripura.

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