New Delhi: Buoyed by the response to the
Bharat Bandh called on the issue, the entire Opposition will
make a common cause on the problem of price rise in the
Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning Monday, JD(U) chief
Sharad Yadav said on Tuesday.
"There is no difference among us on the issue of price
rise. Entire Opposition was one on this issue in the last
session and will remain one in the upcoming session too," the
convenor of the BJP-led NDA said at a press conference here.
Price rise is the most significant issue, he said. "No
party is leading it (the protest over price rise). The issue
itself is the leader. The recent Bharat bandh on the issue of
price rise was unprecedented in which people were at the
forefront and political parties were behind them," Yadav said.
Listing out other matters which may come up in the
upcoming session, Yadav said there will be a discussion on the
proposed Food Security Bill. "On this issue, the biggest
panchayat of this country (Parliament) should not only hold
discussions but also find a solution," he said
Corruption will be another issue to figure in the
Monsoon Session, he said. "Money is being plundered from the
funds of all the flagship programmes of the government being
run for the poor people of this country," he charged.
Yadav said that trade unions, excluding BMS, have given a
call for a countrywide general strike on September 7 against
price rise and on other issues related to workers.
"This issue is also there. All the laws that workers had
got enacted have become useless now," he said.
Yadav said that a meeting of NDA will be held at the
residence of senior BJP leader L K Advani on July 26 to
discuss the floor strategy.
He said a two-day national committee meeting of his party
is also scheduled to start from August 7. "During the meeting,
discussions will be held on the present political scenario of
the country and the forthcoming assembly elections," he said.
On his meeting with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
yesterday on the issue of inclusion of caste on census, Yadav
said, "We exchanged our views. There was not much difference
between our opinion on the issue."
The JD(U) chief said he also proposed to Mukherjee a
"very simple" format for including caste in census.
He said that "a lot of confusion" was being created over
the feasibility of incorporating caste in the exercise.
"People who are against it are spreading lies that the
caste census will not give correct data because there are more
(castes) than on the lists of OBCs, some castes are OBCs in
one state while they are SCs in another. They say enumerators
are not qualified enough to decide which caste is OBC and
which is SC," he said.
To a question seeking his comment on the alleged link of
"Hindu terror" with RSS, Yadav said, "Terrorism has no
relationship with religion. I want to tell everyone that
whoever is indulging in terrorist activities should be dealt
with by stern application of the law."
Yadav, however, parried a question on whether he would
ask ally BJP to maintain distance with RSS on the issue, only
saying "why are you asking me such questions."