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UPA to face Left, Oppn heat in Parliament today

The Left parties, already agitated over the Govt's track record on key issues, would up their ante in the brief session.

india Updated: May 10, 2006 10:42 IST

The Congress-led coalition at the Centre is expected to come under intense pressure from the Left parties in the second phase of budget session beginning on Wednesday.

Both the Left allies and the BJP-led Opposition are planning a major offensive over issues ranging from internal security to economic policies.

With the exit polls showing that they are romping home in West Bengal and winning back Kerala, the Left parties, already agitated over the coalition's track record on key issues, would up their ante in the brief session.

The parliamentary parties of the CPI(M) and CPI, Forward Bloc and RSP are meeting together on Wednesday to chalk out the future course of action amid growing signals from the Left leaders that they would not allow the Congress-led government to take them for granted.

The Left parties are agitated on airport privatisation, FDI in retail and moves to hike petroleum prices as also are upset over the "pro-US tilt" in the foreign policy.

The BJP-led Opposition hopes that state assembly election results expected on Thursday could weaken the Government.

The BJP has also indicated that it would stall Parliament unless a Bill was brought to stop the demolition drive against illegal commercial structures that have mushroomed in the Capital.

CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat has even warned that the "longevity" of the central coalition depended upon how it implemented the common minimum programme.

The leaders of the four parties, who met on Tuesday, asked the Government to set up an all-party committee and expand the ambit of the definition of office of profit to include several offices, which MPs and MLAs hold by virtue of being elected.

The office of profit is an important issue for the Left as at least ten MPs, including Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, have been issued notices by the Election Commission following complaints of holding such offices.

First Published: May 10, 2006 09:34 IST