Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier in the day said that it is obligatory for political parties to get essential business of Parliament transacted speedily and smoothly. (JPN/Agencies)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is expected to corner the Congress-led UPA Government on several key issues, including price rise and the JPC report on 2G spectrum allocation, during the Winter Session.
This could be the UPA government's last chance to get its key legislations through with the Lok Sabha elections barely six months away.
Several pending legislations, including Women’s Reservation Bill and Lokpal Bill, have been listed for passage. There are indications that the government will also bring a bill for creation of a separate state of Telangana.
The opposition parties have voiced concern over the ‘short’ duration of the Winter Session, which will end on December 20. They have asked the government to extend the Winter Session after a Christmas break.
The results of the Assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi, to be declared on December 8, are expected to find resonance in the Winter Session. The party that does well in these polls will likely be more assertive about its agenda.
The BJP has asked the government to bring a bill for the creation of Telangana during the Winter Session and also to get it passed. The Opposition also wants passage of the Lokpal Bill. It is keen on an early discussion on price rise.
Party sources said they are keen to put the government on the backfoot over the JPC on 2G spectrum allocation. The party has said that no JPC report has seen so many dissent notes. JPC, headed by PC Chacko, has submitted the report to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.
The party wants a discussion on internal security with special reference to bomb blasts in Patna in October. The blasts occurred ahead of a rally addressed by BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi.
The Opposition has also asked for a debate on atrocities against women.
The Communist Party of India (CPI) has indicated that the Left parties would bring an adjournment motion on price rise at the beginning of the Winter Session and has sought support from the opposition parties. The Left parties are also likely to demand a discussion on JPC on 2G spectrum.
The CPI has also demanded extension of the Winter Session, saying that the government wants to take up 38 bills but there were only 12 working days.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has indicated that the government would take a decision on extending the Winter Session after wider consultations.
Apart from the Lokpal Bill and the Women's Reservation Bill, the government has also listed the Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill and the Direct Taxes Code Bill on its agenda for the Winter Session.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier in the day said that it is obligatory for political parties to get essential business of Parliament transacted speedily and smoothly.