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Govt. ready to discuss JNU row in Parliament


Asserting that the government was ready to discuss the current state of unrest at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that there were different views on the issue which needs to be addressed and debated.

"It's a big country and yes there are several issues. That's what the Parliament is there for, to discuss those issues. Government has no hesitation in discussing JNU or Hyderabad University or any other issues. There are different views on it which needs to be debated," Naidu told the media here after chairing an all-party meeting.

Calling on the Opposition to adopt a positive approach for the upcoming Budget Session, he added that holding discussion should be the protocol in the Parliament instead of disruption. Leaders from various political parties, including Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jyotiraditya Scindia, CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, CPI (M) politburo member Mohammed Salim besides others were also present in the meeting.

The Budget Session will begin on February 23. While the first session will continue till March 16, the second session will take place from April 25 to May 13. President Pranab Mukherjee will address the joint session of the Parliament on February 23. The Railway Budget will be presented on February 25 while the Union Budget will be presented on February 29. The government has been critical of the Opposition for blocking the House proceedings and important legislations.

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