The Monsoon session of Parliament beginning on Monday is expected to be a tumultuous affair with opposition stacking up all ammunition ranging from price rise, fuel hike, Bhopal gas tragedy and the Indo-Pak talks to attack the government.
The spate of rail accidents with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee in the eye of a storm over her absence from Delhi could also derail the proceedings of Parliament so also unrest in Kashmir and the Maoist violence.
Being held in the backdrop of Bharat Bandh on July 5, which showed the Opposition making a common cause for the 'aam aadmi' on the issue of price rise, the month-long session could test the patience of government as several issues were agitating the non-Congress parties.
With Assembly elections in Bihar not far away, rival sides are expected to make the best use of the session. While the opposition will seek to embarrass the government on the issue of spiralling prices, the Congress and the RJD-LJP could raise the latest alleged scam involving the Nitish Kumar government.
Congress, on its part, is planning to target the BJP over the illegal mining scam in Karnataka.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi recently held the first eve-of-the-session consultations with its alliance partners since UPA-II returned to power which showed that the ruling alliance does not want to leave anything to chance.
The Congress could utilise the alleged involvement of Hindu groups and also Communal Violence Bill to drive a wedge in the opposition unity by targeting the BJP.
While the contentious Women's Reservation Bill was not on the priority agenda of the government for the session, the measure could also be utilised to break the opposition unity.
The RJD, LJP and Samajwadi Party are against the Bill in its present form. The Bill had already been passed by the Rajya Sabha.
"Price rise will be a key issue for us," BJP leaders said, adding that the party will stage a march from Parliament to Rashtrapati Bhawan to submit 10 crore signatures to President Pratibha Patil on July 29.