Opposition set to confront Government on price rise

The Opposition is all set to confront the govt on price rise in the monsoon session of Parl.

New Delhi: The monsoon session of Parliament is expected to start on a stormy note on Monday with a united Opposition set to confront the government on price rise and host of other issues.

The opposition will press for an adjournment motion on price rise issue on Tuesday morning as the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are expected to be adjourned immediately after obituary references over the death of two sitting members on the first day.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh skipped a meeting of the leaders of political parties on Sunday, convened by Speaker Meira Kumar, who said he was unwell but the PMO said he was tired after attending the day—long meeting of the National Development Council on Saturday.

With the government in no mood to accept the opposition demand, a confrontation between the two sides is expected.

In a veiled warning, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said that there would not be any disturbance if the government heeded to their demand. She said that the UPA partners DMK and Trinamool Congress too wanted a discussion on the issue of price rise.

Ms. Swaraj alleged that the government had tried to break the opposition unity by its moves like CBI filing charge sheet against former Gujarat Home Minister Amit Shah but failed as opposition has made common cause on the issue of price rise.

The Indo—Pak talks, illegal mining issue, situation in Jammu and Kashmir are among the main issues which will raised by parties during the session.

The Bhopal Gas tragedy issue is also expected to generate heat during the month—long session with the BJP planning to seek a discussion under a rule that entails voting.

The opposition, Ms. Swaraj said after meeting political leaders on the eve of the session, would demand annulment of the agreement reached with the Union Carbide under which “paltry” relief was given to those affected people in the 1984 tragedy.

Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee is expected to be targeted in the session with almost all parties demanding discussion on a spate of railway accidents.

One of the UPA leaders was even critical of Banerjee at the meeting alleging that she was not fulfilling her responsibilities, sources said.

Trinamool Congress’ Sudip Bandopadhyay said that price rise issue needed to be discussed and his party has already protested on the hike in fuel prices.

With Naxalites issue expected to be raised in the session, the Trinamool Congress demanded stopping of the anti—Maoists operations in West Bengal alleging excesses by the Central forces.

Accusing the government of misusing the CBI, Ms. Swaraj alleged that many opposition parties were in “difficulty” due to this. “This is government’s ploy to break opposition unity”, she said.

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta made a similar charge but said that he did not agree on the case pertaining to Gujarat.

“I agree on the misuse of CBI but not in the Gujarat case. We do not say that the CBI is being misused against Gujarat Home Minister and it is political. Law should take its own course”, he said.

Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, facing a CBI inquiry into a disproportionate assets case, was evasive when asked about the issue of misuse of CBI.

Speaker Meira Kumar said all parties have assured her fullest cooperation in smooth running of the House.

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha would be adjourned soon after assembling for the day tomorrow due to the death of former Rajya Sabha Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and sitting members Virendra Bhatia (Rajya Sabha) and Digvijay Singh (Lok Sabha).

The economic blockade in Manipur, the delay in the preparations for Commonwealth Games in Delhi, Ranganath Mishra Commission report and Gorkhaland issues will also come up during the session.


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