Indicating its intention of heating up the forthcoming winter session of Parliament, the Opposition on Thursday laid down conditions for allowing peaceful passage of key government agenda.
Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha, BJP's Sushma Swaraj led the Opposition in raising the bar on price rise, even demanding an adjournment motion on the issue.
“If you allow an adjournment motion, we will cooperate to run the House smoothly. Otherwise there will be disturbances,” Swaraj reportedly said in the Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar's meeting with leaders of all political parties.
CPM's Basudeb Acharia also made a similar demand.
The government, however, remained non-committal but parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal sought Opposition's help to pass 31 bills during the session. Ironically, the previous winter session in 2010 was a wash-out over the UPA government's refusal to form a joint parliamentary committee on the 2G scam.
Though the BJP led the charge in the meeting, it left some maneuvering space. Swaraj said it will officially take a call on the rule under which it wants inflation discussed after an NDA meeting on November 21.
The indications of a new face-off between the two sides comes when the UPA is keen to pass a host of social and economic reforms bills to arrest a prevailing sense of governance deficit and drift. The Opposition eyes opportunities to create rift even within the UPA on issues like corruption, food prices and the economic slowdown.
The government had made its intentions clear in a host of reforms measures. The finance ministry has given green signal to the much-awaited FDI in multi-brand retail and the Cabinet is likely to discuss FDI in civil aviation shortly.
The UPA managers are confident of getting Opposition support on some other key bills like the Lokpal bill. Despite the Left raising the red flag the Centre is expecting the BJP’s support for reforms measures like FDI entry in different sectors and passing the PFRDA bill.