Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is expected to put the record straight on the CWG issue and give a “befitting” reply to the Opposition’s charges in Parliament.
The Lok Sabha will continue the discussion on the CWG issue on Thursday under Rule
193. The discussion is on the statement laid on the Table of the House on August 2 by the minister of state (independent charge) for youth affairs and sports regarding the 2010 Commonwealth Games and raised by Mr Basudeb Acharia on August 9.
The Opposition is dragging the names Dr Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi into the controversy over the appointment of Mr Suresh Kalmadi as chairman of the CWG organising committee.
Dr Singh on Wednesday held a strategy meeting with senior colleagues against the backdrop of the Opposition’s aggressive stance on this issue. The meeting, held in the absence of party chief Sonia Gandhi, was attended by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, defence minister A.K. Antony, home minister P. Chidambaram and Mr Ahmed Patel, the political secretary to the Congress president. Parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was also present as was his deputy, Mr Rajiv Shukla.
A section in the government and in the Congress is wary of the moves of the Opposition, especially the BJP, to repeatedly stall Parliament. Since the Monsoon Session started on August 1, half of the time of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha has been lost due to disruptions over one issue or another. With most of the official business pending, including passage of at least 30 bills, the government’s new strategy could be to ensure getting through as many pieces of legislation as possible even if the Opposition fails to cooperate fully.
“Look at Westminster, how they plan to dispassionately discuss the situation when 500 people have been arrested in the wake of rioting in some parts of Britain,” Mr Bansal said. The government is expected to hold talks with the presiding officers and the Opposition to get Parliament going, sources said. Asian Age