Pranab Mukherjee addresses Budget session


The Budget session of Parliament is all set for a stormy start on Tuesday with major opposition parties planning to corner the government on issues including the on-going JNU controversy as Congress President Sonia Gandhi accused it of launching a planned attack on freedom of expression and right to dissent.Indications of a tumultuous beginning of the session emerged at the all-party meetings convened by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu with the Opposition accusing the government of “setting the agenda for disruption”.Also at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, Sonia put the onus on the government for the smooth functioning of Parliament. She declared her intent to rope in “like-minded parties” to target the ruling dispensation on issues like the JNU row, dalit scholar Rohit Vemula’s suicide in Hyderabad University and Pathankot terror attack.