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Parliament unlikely to discuss Kurien issue

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New Delhi: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath Wednesday said that the Parliament might not discuss the issue of Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien.

Kurien issue not needed to be discussed as that is a matter concerning the State, said the minister in the all party meeting held here ahead of the budget session starting Thursday.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has said that they want the removal of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, who is allegedly involved in rape case in Kerala.

The BJP has vowed to target Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde for his remarks linking the party and RSS with "saffron terror".

It has also decided to raise the $750 million AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal that is mired in corruption charges.

Opposition leaders have told Kamal Nath they want a discussion on the chopper deal, the land acquisition bill, the food security bill, rising food prices and the hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

The Communist Party of India has indicated it will bring the Foreign Exchange Management Act amendments, passed in the Lok Sabha in the last session, to the Rajya Sabha.

The amendments are needed to operationalise the decision to allow 51 percent foreign equity in multi-brand retail.

The FDI issue disrupted the winter session of parliament.

Kamal Nath said his priority would be passing three ordinances, including the one on anti-rape law.

Among the key legislative measures the government wants to pass are the companies bill, the judicial accountability bill, the Lokpal bill, the food security bill and the land acquisition bill.

The session will run till March 22 when it will go into recess to consider the demands for grants of various ministries.

The house will reconvene April 22 and will conclude May 10.

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