New Delhi: The government Saturday dismissed suggestions that the Monsoon session will be the last session and that the country was headed for early elections.
"There are still three sessions left, including the Monsoon session, the Winter session and Budget session for the vote-on-account," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said.
Nath also said the Monsoon session which concludes on August 30 could be extended, if necessary.
Talking to reporters after an all-party meeting convened by Speaker Meira Kumar, Nath said that the government has received "emphatic assurances" from all political parties about the session being business-like and smooth.
He said there was "wide consensus" on the Food Security Bill. "Obviously, political parties have some point to make but there is a very large consensus," he said, indicating that there would not be any problem in its passage.
He denied suggestions that some bills are being brought in haste and that it means elections were round the corner.
Nath's comments came close on the heels of SP leader Shailender Kumar expressing apprehensions that the session would not run smoothly and would be a stormy affair because of the issues the government is bringing.
"It seems it is an election session due to the kind of bills the government is bringing. It appears that the government is looking at its benefit by bringing all these measures," Kumar said, naming the Food Security Bill and the decision on separate Telangana.
He also gave indications that the SP will not give support to the Food Security bill, saying the interest of farmers and the authority of state should not be compromised with.