As India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) threatened to disrupt the Budget Session of the Parliament over Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's 'Hindu terror remarks', Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said he is hopeful that the session will be a fruitful one.
"This session of Parliament is going to transact the important financial business before the house, and it is our sincere hope that we will have a productive, constructive debate, leading to agreed solutions to the many national problems that our country faces," Singh told reporters here ahead of the Budget Session of the Parliament that starts from Thursday.
"I have said this before and I repeat it again. Parliament is a forum for discussion, for dialogue, and all parties have an obligation to ensure that Parliament runs smoothly. And I am hopeful and I am confident that this session is going to be a fruitful session," he said.
"This is a session, as I said, which is going to deal with the financial business, and our country faces many economic challenges, and it is my sincere hope that all political parties will join hands to find productive, constructive solutions to the formidable challenges facing our nation," Singh said.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar on Wednesday held an all-party meeting in New Delhi.
Deputy Speaker Karia Munda, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath attended the meeting.
Senior BJP leaders like L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and JD (U) leader Sharad Yadav attended the meeting, reports said.
The BJP demanded an apology from Shinde for his Hindu terror remarks.
Swaraj told media: "The BJP wants an apology from Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde over his Hindu terror remarks for smooth functioning of Parliament."