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Stormy session ahead in Parliament

From Nandigram to N-deal, the winter session starting on Thursday will see sparks fly with a range of other issues.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2007 19:27 IST

The Winter session of Parliament beginning on Thursday will see sparks fly with a range of issues from Nandigram violence and the stalled Indo-US nuclear deal to problems faced by farmers and wheat imports providing the ammunition for rival parties.

The Nandigram issue is expected to make the three-week session of Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha a stormy affair and may push the nuclear deal to the back seat amid signs of a thaw between the UPA and the Left.

The Left parties, especially the CPI-M, which provides outside support to the UPA government may find itself in the corner on the Nandigram issue with BJP, the main opposition party, keeping its powder dry.

An indication to this effect was given yesterday by Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha LK Advani who has dubbed the violence in the Left-ruled West Bengal as shocking.

The saffron party and critics of the Left parties are also expected to cash in on West Bengal Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi's remarks that the Nandigram area resembled a "war zone".

The nuclear deal which paralysed proceedings during the monsoon session may not generate that much heat and a move is afoot for a discussion on the issue at the beginning of the session.

"We believe while a discussion on the nuke deal is important, but no less important is a discussion on Nandigram and the plight of the farmers there," said Advani, who led a NDA delegation to Nandigram.

The Government is expected to be pilloried by the Opposition over problems faced by farmers including that of minimum support prices for paddy and wheat imports as well as rising prices which was burdening the common man.

The Left parties have also given hints that they are agitated over the rising prices and the Third Front is planning to make a common cause with them in the matter.

DMK supremo M Karunanidhi eulogising an LTTE leader killed in an encounter is also expected to be raised in the Parliament. It has already generated a controversy with the Congress distancing itself from the act of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa making a big issue out of it.

The developments in Pakistan, Myanmar and other neighbouring countries were also expected to come up.

Certain decisions by BSP supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati are expected to be targeted by the Samajwadi Party.

Among the key legislative measures, government is likely to introduce are Indian Boilers Amendment Bill, Aircraft Amendment Bill, Nepa Limited Divestment of Onwership Bill, Labour Laws Bill and Factory Amendment Bill besides two bills to replace ordinances on Bonus and NCT Delhi.

First Published: Nov 14, 2007 11:24 IST