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Monsoon session set for stormy start

india Updated: Jul 25, 2010 16:16 IST

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The plunge in relations between the Government and BJP has set the stage for a stormy start to the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning on Monday but issues like Hindu terror and developments in Gujarat may give the treasury benches a respite from a combined opposition assault.

BJP has given all indications of a confrontation and possible disruption of both the Houses on the issue of CBI chargesheeting a Gujarat Minister in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.

Calling it "fabricated", the party is expected to attack the government accusing it of politically misusing the investigating agency to target rivals. But the ruling Congress and its allies are expected to counter the charges, saying government has no role in a case in which Supreme Court had directed the CBI to take over the probe.

Price rise, the hike in prices of petroleum products, a spate of rail accidents, including last week's mishap in West Bengal, and the anti-Maoist strategy are expected to provide ammunition to the opposition parties to corner the government.

With government planning to bring the controversial Civil Nuclear Liability Bill and Women's Reservation Bill in the month-long session, the division in the opposition ranks are expected to become more acute.

The Constitution (108 Amendment) Bill, seeking to provide 33 per cent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and state Assemblies, has already been passed by the Rajya Sabha amid stiff opposition from parties like Samajwadi Party, RJD and JD(U).

The Yadav trio, Mulayam Singh, Lalu Prasad and Sharad Yadav, have been staunchly opposed to the bill in its current form and want a quota within quota for women belonging to OBCs and minorities.