Indian Parliament’s key budget session begins

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 08:47 GMT, Feb 23, 2016 |

The Indian Parliament’s key budget session began Tuesday, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaching out to the opposition parties, saying he is “hopeful of a constructive debate” this time.

“The country is watching eagerly the proceedings that are to take place in Parliament. The world is also focused on India’s economy. I believe that Parliament’s time shall be utilized and constructive dialogue will take place,” Modi told the media minutes ahead of the session.

The Parliament had seen massive uproar during the past sessions by opposition parties, led by the Congress party. However, this time they have agreed to cooperate with the government in passing key legislations only if issues that they want to raise are first discussed thoroughly.

Several key legislations are pending in the Indian Parliament and the government needs the support of the Congress to pass those bills in the Upper House (Rajya Sabha) where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party does not have the required numbers.

The session will see the unveiling of the budget by the Indian government on Feb.29.