New Delhi: After conceding its demand for a
discussion and voting on the price rise issue, main opposition
BJP was again pushed on the back foot today when it had to
withdraw a similar notice on the Bhopal gas tragedy and agree
to a simple debate on the subject.
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj had
given a notice to the government under Rule 184, which entails
discussion and voting, on the Bhopal gas tragedy and
"inadequate compensation" to the victims and their kin.
However, in the Business Advisory Committee meeting of
the Lok Sabha held today, BJP found itself isolated when other
parties and the government insisted that the issue be dealt
with under Rule 193 which envisages only a discussion and no
"The Bhopal gas tragedy issue will be discussed in Lok
Sabha next week under Rule 193," Munde told reporters.
Party sources said Swaraj was informed about the change
only after the BAC meeting and though she was taken aback, she
BJP had earlier demanded a discussion under Rule 184 in
Lok Sabha on price rise when the government and the Speaker
refused to accept an adjournment motion moved by the
opposition. However, this was also turned down leading to a
logjam last week.
The main opposition will now withdraw its present notice
given under Rule 184 - which was strongly worded and demanded
that the earlier compensation ordered for Bhopal gas tragedy
victims and their kin be cancelled and a revised one issued. A
much diluted notice will now be given.
"We will give another notice to the government under Rule
193 which will only state that the Bhopal gas tragedy and
issues related to it be discussed," Swaraj said.
Swaraj will open the debate on Bhopal gas tragedy while
her fellow MPs from Madhya Pradesh Kailash Joshi and Narendra
Singh Tomar will be the other speakers on the issue for BJP.
BJP is pressing for a discussion in the Lok Sabha on the
deteriorating law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir
this week. M M Joshi will initiate the debate on the party`s
In the BAC meeting of the Lok Sabha today, BJP and the
government agreed for a discussion on "misuse" of CBI and
corruption in Commonwealth Games projects next week. However,
dates have not yet been fixed.
Ananth Kumar will initiate the debate on "misuse" of CBI
for the BJP while former cricketer-turned-MP Kirti Azad will
lead his party on the Commonwealth Games discussions. Hamirpur
MP and BJP Youth wing president Anurag Thakur will also speak
on the alleged bunglings in the CWG projects.
The Commonwealth Games issue may bring the opposition
together again. "Though no common strategy has been chalked
out by the opposition on this issue but the whole opposition
is of the opinion that it should be discussed," Swaraj said.