New Delhi: The monsoon session of Parliament
was a sweet and sour affair for the government which managed
smooth passage of Civil Nuclear Bill with BJP support but was
forced by opposition to defer legislation on Education
Tribunal and Enemy Property.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh succeeded in bringing BJP on
board for the passage of the nuclear Bill much to the
discomfiture of several non-BJP parties like RJD and SP.
In fact, an unprecedented bonhomie was witnessed between
the BJP and government over the Nuclear Bill in both Houses of
The opposition unity on price rise also did not survive
for long as the Congress and its allies managed to sidestep
their demand for an adjournment motion on the issue to censure
In the process, the Lok Sabha could not transact business
for the first five days and the Rajya Sabha also remained
disrupted over the issue.
The Lok Sabha took up a discussion on the serious
situation in Jammu and Kashmir but it remained inconclusive as
the expected reply of Home Minister P Chidambaram did not come
The debate on the issue of illegal mining was also
The much-awaited discussion on misuse of CBI did not take
place despite it being demanded off and on by the opposition.
The highlight of the debate on Bhopal gas tragedy was
senior Congress leader Arjun Singh breaking his silence on the
issue and seeking to put the then Home Ministry led by P V
Narasimha Rao for allowing Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson
to leave the country.
The session`s highlight was the passage of the Salary and
Allowances Bill, raising the salary of MPs from Rs 16,000 to
Rs 50,000 and increasing other allowances.
The Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, 2010
was deferred with the government saying it would bring a fresh
bill in the Winter session of Parliament. The opposition had
cried foul arguing that the government wanted to change the
Ordinance passed earlier to benefit the Raja of Mehmoodabad.
The Orissa (Alteration of Name) Bill and the Constitution
(113th Amendment) Bill, seeking to change the name of the
Oriya language to Odia by amending the Eighth Schedule were
A cross section of MPs from Orissa, belonging both BJD and
Congress, say the `h` in Odisha is superfluous since the
locals pronounce the state without it. It should actually be