With the UPA government and BJP-led opposition locking horns on the first day on whether discussions on the price rise and 2G spectrum allocation must entail voting, the monsoon session of Parliament faces chances of another deadlock.
The winter session over 35 working days in 2010 did not carry out any legislative business as the opposition continuously disrupted proceedings, demanding a joint parliamentary committee to inquire into the 2G spectrum scam.
While the BJP said it wants Parliament to function and debates to take place, the party has not spelt out how far would it go to press for its demand that the debates be conducted in both Houses under rules which allow voting.
The government is ready for short-duration discussions under rules that don't involve voting.
A strategy that the opposition had explored in the last session - to corner Manmohan Singh - came out in the open on Monday, aided by allegations raised by scam-accused former telecom minister A Raja that the PM was in the loop on spectrum allocations.
"Did it not strike the hands-on PM that after insisting on auction as the only fair methodology, his finance minister suddenly changed his stand on 15/1/2008 that let there be an auction for the future and the past be condoned?" BJP leader Arun Jaitley asked.
Hours later, P Chidambaram - who has already explained his position on several occasions - suggested that he didn't need to respond every time a charge was levelled by the opposition.
"The allegations made by the BJP will be replied to by the Congress party's spokespersons. If there is a debate in Parliament, the government will reply to the debate," Chidambaram said.