The stage is set for a stormy monsoon session with the Opposition BJP likely to bring an adjournment motion on the Mumbai blasts in Lok Sabha on Monday even as the Left intend to put the Government on the mat on issues like price rise, farmer suicides and the Indo-US nuclear deal, though without destablising the regime.
The Government — which expressed willingness to discuss any issue under any rule, if the Chair and rules permitted — seems to be adopting a dual strategy. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress will launch a counter-attack on the BJP on allegations of a mole in PV Narasimha Rao’s PMO and the Kandahar issue. As for the Left, the effort will be to extend reassurances while allaying their apprehension on the nuclear deal, with the PM himself making a statement.
It will be a slanging match in the two Houses from the word go. The office of profit bill will be presented as it is in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, amid opposition from the BJP. Despite a fresh overture from Union ministers Pranab Mukherjee and PR Dasmunshi, Leaders of Opposition LK Advani and Jaswant Singh made it clear they would oppose the bill. The bill will be brought in Lok Sabha later in consultation with the Speaker and BAC.
In the Lower House, the war of words will centre around BJP’s proposed adjournment motion on Monday on the Mumbai blasts and the Congress’ counter-attack recalling terrorist strikes during the NDA regime, and the Kandahar episode.
Dasmunshi dismissed reports that a move was afoot to revive membership of those MPs who were expelled from Parliament in the wake of the cash-for-query scam. He told reporters the Government would introduce 10 bills, including the quota-in-education bill, but only after the Moily panel has given its report. The broadcasting bill isn’t on the agenda as he first intends to consult media groups before routing the bill to Cabinet. Nine bills are listed for passing.
The BJP could also bring the first no-trust motion against the Government towards the end of the July 24-August 30 session.