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Government, opposition gear up for stormy session

delhi Updated: Aug 02, 2011 15:31 IST
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monsoon session of Parliament

A stormy monsoon session of Parliament, which starts Monday, awaits the government with opposition parties dishing out a host of subjects for debate.

While the UPA is keen to find space for a heavy legislative agenda that includes introducing 32 bills and passing more than 30, the opposition wants debates on issues such as the 2G spectrum scam, corruption, Telangana statehood demand, alleged bugging of the finance minister's office and internal security to corner the government.

At an all-party meeting convened on Sunday by Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj picked price rise as the first topic for debate in Parliament.

The BJP and Left have already served adjournment motions for Tuesday on the issue, with Lok Sabha expected to be adjourned on Monday on account of Bhajan Lal's death.

Even the Trinamool Congress, the Congress' biggest ally, said at the meeting that it was "concerned" at the price situation.

The BJP will also raise its pitch on the 2G scam, which has already put former telecom minister A Raja and MP Kanimozhi behind bars. The party has been demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and home minister P Chidambaram in the wake of Raja's allegations against them.

The AIADMK, too, has demanded explanations from Singh, Chidambaram and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on the subject.

Putting on a brave face on the session eve, Singh said, "We are not afraid of discussing corruption issues. There are too many skeletons in the opposition's cupboard."

The Congress plans to counter-attack the BJP on the Karnataka mining scam. But party managers aren't sure how much support it could get from allies like the DMK and Trinamool.

"The DMK is miffed on the 2G issue with Kanimozhi repeatedly denied bail. Trinamool boss Mamata Banerjee is upset over the financial package for her state," said a top Congress leader.