All-party meet: Opposition united on price rise

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said her party wants specific discussions on making public the list of Indian blackmoney holders.

Updated: Nov 18, 2011, 00:18 AM IST

New Delhi: With the Opposition planning to
target the government on issues like corruption, price rise,
Lokpal and caste census through various ways including
adjournment motions, the upcoming winter session of Parliament
from next week is all set to be stormy.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who chaired an all-party
meeting here on Thursday, however, said that the general refrain of
the parties was that the session should run smoothly and they
have promised their cooperation.

Describing the discussions in the all party meeting as
"very fruitful", Kumar said all leaders were "very keen" that
the House transacts all business including passage of bills
during the 21-day session.

She said the Opposition parties came out with 45 issues
that they wanted to be discussed during the session. Though
some of the parties felt that the session`s duration is too
short to take up so many issues, Kumar said no demand to
extend the number of sittings was made.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said
her party wants specific discussions on making public the list
of Indian black money account holders abroad, food inflation,
Telangana and recent developments in Indo-Pak relations after
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s SAARC visit.

She said though there is hardly any dispute between the
Government and the Opposition about discussion on issues, the
problem arises on the manner in which the discussions should
be held.

CPI General Secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said his party will
bring an adjournment motion to discuss "failure" of the
government to implement the unanimous resolution of the House
on price rise adopted in the last session.

Striking a conciliatory note, Dasgupta urged the
Government to show wisdom and accept Opposition`s demand for
adjournment motion. At the same time, he said rejection of the
demand should not be made a ground for disrupting Parliament.

Ruing shortage of time, he said the Government has listed
31 bills for passage, but the session has only 17 sittings.

Most parties favoured passage of the Lokpal Bill in this
session but emphasised that it should be done only after
following the due Parliamentary process.

Though the Speaker said there was no demand to extend the
number of sittings, JD-U President and NDA convenor Sharad
Yadav told reporters that he has given a suggestion to extend
the session, a demand which was supported by RJD chief Lalu
Prasad as well.

JD-U will also give a notice for discussion on price rise.
NDA will finalise its strategy on floor coordination and
adjournment motions in its November 21 meeting after which the
BJP will also reach out to other parties to arrive at an
understanding on taking on the government.

Left also indicated that talks are on to arrive at floor
coordination with other Opposition parties on certain issues.

The Opposition plans to raise issues like Centre-State
relations, corruption in MNREGA, paid news, Government`s move
to allow 26 per cent FDI in pension, the report of the
Centre`s interlocutors on Jammu and Kashmir, non-procurement
of paddy and crime against women.

BJP is all set to make a big issue out of the Prime
Minister`s "Man of Peace" remark for his Pakistani counterpart
Yusuf Raza Gilani as well as the controversy surrounding the
grant of Most Favoured Nation status to India.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla
said the Government is ready for discussion on all issues. On
Lokpal, he said Government is waiting for Standing Committee
report and is hopeful of it getting passed this session.

PTI