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Monsoon storm in Parliament, Oppn set to attack govt

india Updated: Jul 26, 2010 10:08 IST
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With the plunge in Government-BJP relations, stage is set for an acrimonious monsoon session of Parliament that begins today as Opposition prepares to corner the UPA on price rise and other issues but the treasury benches may take heart from the fact that parties on the other side are divided on Hindu terror and Gujarat events.

The Opposition will press for an adjournment motion on price rise issue at the start of the session but it will be taken up on Tuesday as the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are expected to be adjourned immediately after obituary references over the death of two sitting members on the first day.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday skipped a meeting of the leaders of political parties on the session eve convened by Speaker Meira Kumar who said he was unwell but the PMO said he was tired after attending the day-long meeting of the National Development Council yesterday.

The BJP today said it would bring an adjournment motion on price rise issue and expressed the hope that other opposition parties would stand united on this and other issues during the session.

In a veiled warning, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said that there would not be any disturbance if the government heeded to their demand. She said that the UPA partners DMK and Trinamool Congress too wanted a discussion on the issue of price rise.

With the government in no mood to accept the opposition demand, a confrontation between the two sides is expected from the word go.

The Left parties have also announced that they will bring an Adjournment Motion on Tuesday.

Sources said NDA leaders are in touch with other opposition parties to put up a united fight against the government on issues like price rise, Bhopal gas tragedy and exit of Union Carbide CEO Warren Anderson, Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages Bill, Economic blockade of Manipur and the situation in Kashmir.

Referring to filing of charge sheet against former Gujarat Minister Amit Shah in Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case, Swaraj alleged that the government had tried to break opposition unity by its move but failed as opposition has made common cause on the issue of price rise.

Accusing the government of misusing CBI, Swaraj alleged that many opposition parties were in "difficulty" due to this. "This is government's ploy to break opposition unity", she said.

However, there are apprehensions within BJP that the party may have to fight alone on the issue of "misuse of CBI" by the government.

CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta agreed that CBI was being misued but said that he did not agree on the case pertaining to Gujarat.

"I agree on the misuse of CBI but not in the Gujarat case. We do not say that the CBI is being misused against Gujarat Home Minister and it is political. Law should take its own course", he said.

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 SP and RJD have also suggested discussion on the issue of Hindu terror, a matter on which BJP has strong views.