The five-day winter session of the Madhya Pradesh assembly starting Monday is likely to be a tame affair with the absence of the leader of opposition in the assembly Satyadev Katare, sources said.
The ill-preparedness of opposition Congress to identify issues against the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government and lack of a well-thought-of strategy to floor the BJP government during proceedings of the House will make the session a dull affair, they said.
Sources said the leader of opposition (LoP) Katare is away in Mumbai for medical treatment and in his absence, deputy leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) Bala Bachchan will lead the party in the House.
The Congress, smarting from a drubbing in the recent civic polls in MP, appears to be ill-prepared to take on the ruling BJP, which has been going from strength to strength since the December 2013 assembly election.
Asked about the party's strategy and issues which it would raise in the winter session, Bachchan, who was away in hometown Barwani said he would meet party legislators in Bhopal to chalk out a strategy once he returns late Sunday evening.
Bachchan, however, denied that the CLP was ill-prepared saying it was confident to take on the ruling party on outstanding issues concerning the people of the state.
“We have senior MLAs in our party, who have been ministers in the past…they would lead our attack on the BJP government in the House."
The Congress leader added that the absence of Katare would not have any impact on the party’s functioning in the assembly.
Sources, however, said that multi-layered Professional Examination Board (PEB) scam, which dominated the Congress’ attack on the ruling BJP and more specifically the chief minister in the previous two sessions, may not be taken up with the same viguor by the party now after MP high court and the Supreme Court having dismissed the petition.