The BJP, which has a comfortable majority in the Lok Sabha with 282 MPs, is eyeing the support of parties like the AIADMK and BJD to shore up its numbers in the Rajya Sabha, where it is in a minority. Amid speculation that the BJP is trying to lure the AIADMK into the NDA fold, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is expected to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik met Modi on Monday and demanded special category status for his state and other central aid but remained evasive on allying with NDA.Number gameBJP needs the AIADMK’s support to push through around 60 bills pending in the Upper House of Parliament. According to data compiled by PRS Legislative Research, 18 of these bills were introduced before 2009.The BJP has only 42 members in the Rajya Sabha, which has a total strength of 245 and this figure falls short of the halfway mark of 123. While the AIADMK has 10 members in the Upper House, the BJD has four. Both can help the NDA, political observers said.The Congress, which is in the opposition in the Lok Sabha, has 67 members in the Rajya Sabha and may prove to be tough on the government’s efforts to get key bills passed.Patnaik said Modi responded quite positively to his demands and hoped that the NDA government would treat Odisha better than the previous UPA regime. When asked if his party would join the NDA and the BJD’s stance in the Rajya Sabha, Patnaik said his party would play a constructive role.advertisementJayalalithaa is expected to bargain for a better deal from the centre in return for possible backing to the NDA. She is likely to raise the issues of allocation of additional power to Tamil Nadu, which is facing an energy shortage, and of fishermen facing trouble from Sri Lankan authorities.Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad and Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharaman are likely to meet Jayalalithaa when she arrives in Delhi, sources said.Of the bills pending in parliament, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare tops the list with 11 bills. These include The Mental Health Care Bill of 2013, The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill of 2013, The Drugs and Cosmetics (Amendment) Bill of 2013, The Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Prevention And Control) Bill of 2014. With eight bills pending, the Ministry of Law and Justice is next. These include the Judicial Appointments Commission Bill of 2013 and the Readjustment of Representation of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in Parliamentary and Assembly Constituencies (3rd) Bill of 2013.The Ministry of Labour and Employment has seven bills pending. Some of them are the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Act of 2012, the Building and Other Construction Workers Related Laws (Amendment) Bill of 2013 and the Mines (Amendment) Bill of 2011.
Radamel Falcao Louis van Gaal says he is “not interested” in whether Radamel Falcao is frustrated at being used as a substitute, with the Manchester United manager claiming the Colombian is only fit enough to play for 20 minutes.Falcao has struggled for fitness since joining United on loan from Monaco in the summer and has yet to complete a full game this season.He recently returned to action after a six week injury lay-off and has been left on the bench for the past two games.And Van Gaal has warned the 28-year-old he will have to bide his time to force his way into United’s starting line-up.Falcao is likely to be on the bench again at Southampton on Monday night and asked if the striker was happy with that role, Van Gaal replied: “I am not interested in that. He has to follow my philosophy – do you understand that? I am here because of that.“I have selected him in spite of the fact he can only play for 20 minutes, because the rhythm of the game in the Premier League is the highest.“It’s match fitness [he needs]. It would be a better contribution if he played with the second team but I cannot do that because on Tuesday we had the match against Stoke and Wayne Rooney was injured. I had to adapt to the needs of the selection [squad].”Van Gaal was hugely relieved after a scan last week on a potential knee injury for Rooney showed there was no problem – the striker has become crucial for the Dutch manager after he chose him as his captain following the club’s pre-season tour to the USA.“Very good!” beamed Van Gaal, when asked about Rooney. “He will play.”He added: “We were in the USA when I decided to make him captain and not for one day have I regretted that. For me the most important thing is that he is captain of our team.”Van Gaal said he was impressed at the team spirit that has developed, highlighted by the Christmas party organised last week by Rooney.That came on the back of four straight wins for United.“It was fantastic,” van Gaal told MUTV. “Usually, I don’t use words like this, but I think it showed the cohesion in our group from both the players and staff. My wife and I enjoyed it very much.“The squad is very important, and that’s why the timing of our Christmas party was fantastic – it showed the togetherness in the squad. I think we are in a good position.” 1
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