New Delhi: The first day of Monsoon session of Parliament was resumed at 12.00 pm on Wednesday after it was adjourned following uproar by the opposition members over the violence in Assam, among other issues.

Earlier Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said the government is prepared to discuss any issue in accordance with rules and hoped the opposition would cooperate in tackling legislative business before the two Houses.

"Our government is prepared to discuss any issue in accordance with the rules and procedure," he told reporters while entering the Parliament on the first day of the Monsoon session.

Asked about the adjournment motion BJP plans to move in Parliament on ethnic violence in Assam, Singh said, "We welcome Parliament as a forum for dialogue".

Other issues to come up in Monsoon session

Issue 1: 2G, Coal bloc scams

The Opposition parties have also given notice that they would raise the alleged spectrum and coal bloc allocation scams as also the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal and the handling of the Railway portfolio by Trinanmool Congress, especially in the context of the Tamil Nadu express accident recently.

Issue 2: Pune blasts

Pune blasts as also the collapse of the power grid in the North and the east are among the issues that are likely to be raised to pillory the government.

Issue 3: Drought

With the monsoon playing truant in several parts of the country, the focus would also turn to the drought situation amid demands for a national water policy and a better deal for farmers.

Issue 4: Petrol price, Centre-state relations

Issues like rise in prices of diesel and petrol, floods, centre-state relations, forward contracts, as also the detection of a tunnel along the Indo-Pak border are expected to be raised by the opposition.

No Lokpal Bill

While the much-talked about Lokpal bill has not been listed for consideration, the managers have been maintaining that it would be brought up expeditiously once the report from the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha is submitted.

The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, debated in the Rajya Sabha and later referred to the Select Committee.

The Select Committee is expected to give its report on the first day of the last week of the monsoon session.

In May, the controversial Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill was referred to the select committee of Rajya Sabha, further delaying the setting up of the anti-graft ombudsman which has been hanging fire for 42 years.

The bill, on which the debate had remained inconclusive in the Rajya Sabha during the winter session, was referred to the select committee through a motion soon after Minister of State for Personnel V Narayanasamy moved it for consideration and passage.

31 Bills in Monsoon session

As many as 31 bills have been listed for consideration in the session, which will conclude on September 7. The bills include those on Forward Contracts, Banking laws, whistle-blowers and women's reservation as also the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials bill.

Govt vs Opposition

The session will be a test for the new Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who has been made the Leader of the Lok Sabha following the exit of Pranab Mukherjee, who was the chief troubleshooter of the government for eight years.

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj has already said that a debate on the state of the economy would be pressed by the opposition at a time when there is an economic crisis in the country, fall in ratings and devaluation of the rupee vis-a-vis the dollar.

She has said the opposition also wants a clarification on the government's intentions on FDI in retail. Government will have to tread cautiously on the issue with key UPA constituent Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress making it clear that it was opposed to the move.

The Left and the Right have already made a common cause on the issue. The Trinamool Congress has also expressed its opposition to any legislation on forward marketing in commodities and privatisation of pension fund.

The Left parties have taken up the issue of the Food Security bill in a big way. They are also expected to take up the killing of tribals in Chhattisgarh and the violence at the Maruti plant in Manesar.

Government managers have been insisting that they were ready for discussion on any issue. Parliamentary Affairs Minister

Pawan Kumar Bansal expressed hope that like the last session, this session too would be a good and productive one as regards transaction of government business.

Ahead of the session, UPA will project a united picture with the first meeting of the Coordination Committee of the ruling alliance scheduled on Wednesday.


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