However, the decision on separate Telangana could cast a shadow on the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the first few days with members from Andhra Pradesh agitated over the move likely to create uproar. (Agencies)
Several members from the Seemandhra region belonging to Congress and TDP have tendered their resignations in protest against the decision, but they have not been accepted and Congress leadership is attempting to persuade its MPs and ministers not to take extreme action.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already sought Opposition's cooperation in the conduction of the legislative business including the ‘most important’ Ordinance on Food Security Bill.
Promising to discuss all issues raised by the Opposition, Singh has hoped that the session which will conclude on August 30 will be ‘very constructive and productive’.
There has not been any assurance from the Opposition. Only on Saturday, Finance Minister P Chidambaram reached out to BJP for support to key reform bills on opening up the insurance and pension sector, but failed to get assurance.
Chidambaram had a discussion with BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley and Yashwant Sinha on the financial bills that have been listed for consideration during the session.
The BJP leaders agreed to support routine and necessary financial business but indicated that the party will continue to oppose further opening of the insurance and pension sectors to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, has demanded a debate on the current economic situation in the backdrop of the declining rupee, rising prices and slowing GDP growth.
As many as some 40 bills have been listed for consideration and passage in the session, which will have only 12 working days and government has expressed readiness to extend the session if need be.
However, the decision on separate Telangana could cast a shadow on the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the first few days with members from Andhra Pradesh agitated over the move likely to create uproar.