New Delhi: Virtually demanding a quid pro quo from the government in the Monsoon Session of Parliament, BJP-led NDA on Sunday said it will cooperate on crucial financial legislations provided the opposition is given space to raise issues of national interest.
After a meeting of NDA floor leaders of both Houses of Parliament, Deputy Leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said the government "has too much on its plate" as it intends to get five Ordinances and 44 Bills passed in the short session.
"If legislation is crucial for the government, articulation of issues of national interest is important for the opposition," Prasad told reporters.
The opposition contended that it will support passage of important financial bills provided it is given opportunity to flag issues like state of the economy and the sliding Rupee, Telangana, Uttarakhand, China`s aggression, the tiff between the IB and CBI, Food Security Bill and frequent hikes in petrol and diesel prices.
He suggested that the government should prioritise its legislative agenda as the session has only 16 working days.
Sources, however, said the session is likely to be stormy as it will be followed by elections to five state assemblies. The Opposition also wants to corner the government keeping the Lok Sabha polls - due early next year - in mind.
High on the agenda of the NDA, which comprises Shiromani Akali Dal and Shiv Sena other than the BJP, are the recent floods in Uttarakhand and the Telangana issue.
Aware that the government cannot bring a Bill on forming a separate Telangana in this session as several processes have to be completed, BJP wants to embarrass the government with its demand that the Bill be brought and passed in the monsoon session itself.
On the insurance and pensions bills, BJP is of the firm view that the recommendation of Standing Committee on Finance allowing only 26 per cent FDI be followed by the government, sources said.