New Delhi: Keen to put the government on the mat on the price rise, the opposition, including the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Left parties, have decided to give notice for an adjournment motion on the issue Tuesday, the second day of the monsoon session of parliament.
Both the BJP and Left parties said Tuesday that they will give notice for an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on the government`s decision in June to hike the prices of petroleum products.
The Samajwadi Party that supports the government from outside, also affirmed that it was with the opposition in its demand for moving an adjournment motion on price rise.
The BJP said it will give notice for an adjournment motion on hike in prices of kerosene and LPG effected after the budget session, as it did not want the government to oppose the move on the grounds that it was not a matter of recent occurrence.
The rules provide that an adjournment motion should be restricted to a specific matter of recent occurrence involving the government.
Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said that the party will give a notice Tuesday in the Lok Sabha for an adjournment motion on the rise in prices of kerosene and LPG cylinders which were announced after the budget session of parliament ended.
Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Basudeb Acahria told IANS that the Left parties will give notice for adjournment motion on price rise, particularly the hike in prices of diesel, petrol, kerosene and LPG.
The Samajwadi Party, which had not voted against the government during the cut motions in the budget session and had staged a walk out, said Tuesday it will support the opposition`s demand for an adjournment motion.
"We want the issue of price rise to be discussed under an adjournment motion," part spokesman Mohan Singh told IANS.
Apart from the BJP and the four Left parties, various non-United Progressive Alliance parties, including the Biju Janata Dal, Janata Dal-United (JD-U), AIADMK, Indian National Lok Dal, Shiv Sena, Janata Dal-Secular, Telugu Desam Party and Shiromani Akali Dal had joined the call for a nationwide shutdown July 5 against the price rise.
JD-U leader Sharad Yadav said Monday that the increase in prices of essential commodities was a major issue and the battle against price rise would continue.
Indicating larger opposition unity on price rise, he said: "We are determined to fight on the issue."
The opposition leaders also feel that the government`s allies such as DMK and Trinamool Congress will find it hard to defend the government on price rise and hike in prices of petroleum products.