New Delhi: Government is likely to face a tough time in Parliament which resumes on Monday after a recess with the Opposition announcing that it will protest against the JPC report on 2G spectrum allocations and the reported vetting by the Law Ministry of the CBI report on coal scam. (Agencies)
Even as the government prepared the ground for a fruitful session by reaching out to main opposition BJP on the Land Acquisition Bill, new disclosures in the media might play a spoiler for it.
BJP President Rajnath Singh expressed strong resentment over the JPC report which has given a clean chit to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case.
What has drawn the ire of BJP even more is the allegation in the report that the telecom policy of the erstwhile Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had led to a huge loss to the exchequer.
Left parties are also unhappy with the report and have decided to vent their displeasure in Parliament, which meets after a break of four weeks. Reports of the Law Ministry vetting and making changes in the CBI report - which was to be submitted to the Supreme Court directly - on the coal scam has also miffed both the BJP and the Left parties.
Opposition has alleged that the scam goes right up to the doorstep of the PMO and it would not let go this opportunity to corner the government. The Manmohan Singh dispensation was looking forward to passage of some crucial Bills in the remaining part of the budget session which gets over on May 10.
A consensus has been reached between Congress and BJP on the Land Acquisition Bill and it is likely to come up for discussion and passage.
The Food Security Bill, Insurance and Pensions Bills, pending for a long time are also expected to be taken up. Government is hopeful of convincing opposition parties and getting these Bills passed.
In a bid to ensure there is no repeat of chaos of the first part of the session, a distressed Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari today mooted automatic suspension of disorderly members and naming them in a House bulletin but there was no political consensus.
The moves were made by Ansari at an all-party meeting convened by him to ensure smooth proceedings in the Upper House. He also mooted deferred telecast of the proceedings but it did not get the backing.
The meeting was attended by the Prime Minister and senior members from various parties.
New Delhi: Government is likely to face a tough time in Parliament which resumes on Monday after a recess with the Opposition announcing that it will protest against the JPC report on 2G spectrum allocations and the reported vetting by the Law Ministry of the CBI report on coal scam.