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Testing time for UPA in Parliament session from tomorrow

delhi Updated: Apr 14, 2010 13:35 IST

Ruling UPA's strength in the Lok Sabha may come in for a close test when Parliament resumes on Thursday the second phase of the Budget session with the opposition planning to move a cut motion on price rise.

A number of issues have cropped up to the discomfiture of the government, which range from the latest row involving Minister Shashi Tharoor to the Dantewada massacre by Maoists.

A relief for Congress and its allies was that 21-member BSP has stayed away from non-NDA and non-UPA parties' initiative, which together account for 87 MPs, to bring a cut motion demanding roll back in hike in prices of petroleum products and fertilisers.

Congress-led UPA has strength of around 265 members, including some independents and BSP's action has raised its comfort level in the event of a crisis in the 543-member House.

The leaders of the 13-party grouping have said the idea of bringing the cut motion was not to topple the government but to focus on the issue of price rise.

A cut motion puts to test the strength of the government in the Lok Sabha. If the motion is adopted, it amounts to defeat of the government on a money matter.

In fact, BJP as also non-NDA and non-UPA parties are seeking to mobilise public support on the issue of price rise with BJP announcing 'gherao of Parliament' on April 21 and the 13-parties calling for a nation-wide strike on April 27.

BJP, which has 116 members, is also planning to move a cut motion on the issue of price rise and wants to move in the matter along with its allies in NDA. JD(U) has 20 MPs while other allies Shiv Sena and Akali Dal have 11 and four members respectively.

BJP has given enough hints that it would not be averse to doing business with the 13-party grouping on the cut motion issue.

"We will make all efforts from our side on the issue of cut motion and will do everything it takes for floor coordination," party spokesperson Nirmala Seetharaman has said.

Congress as well as government has remained unfazed by the opposition moves with party leaders saying the party and its allies were fully prepared to face any eventuality.