The government appears to have foiled the Opposition’s plan to compel it to go in for a floor test in the Lok Sabha on the issue of price rise with the NDA and the ruling UPA agreeing to discuss this issue in a joint resolution on Wednesday.
The Opposition was keen on voting on the issues of price rise and corruption with the calculation that a trial of strength would expose the government and the fence-sitters. But government floor managers finally succeeded in convincing the Opposition, especially the BJP-led NDA, to hold a meaningful debate.
The BJP had been adamant on separate discussions on price rise and corruption under clauses that entail voting but the government had certain reservations. After a few rounds of discussions between the two, the wording of the resolution was tweaked to suit both of them. “Despite repeated discussions on price rise in the House, the burden of price rise on the common man continues. Expressing deep concern over price rise, this House calls upon the government to take immediate effective steps to check inflation that will give relief to the common man,” the agreed-upon resolution states.
The resolution, which will express the feelings of the House, will call upon the government to take immediate steps to check the rising prices of essential commodities. Mr Yashwant Sinha (BJP), Mr Sharad Yadav (Janata Dal-U) and Mr K.S. Rao (Congress) will move the resolution.
The discussion will begin after Question Hour and will be replied to by finance minister Pranab Mukherjee during the day. The UPA and its managers in the government in their confidence have not issued a whip asking MPs to remain present in the House after realising that there would be no voting on the motion even if it is discussed under Rule 184, which entails voting, in the Lok Sabha.
The Left and secular parties, consisting of the CPI(M), CPI, AIADMK, BJD and TDP, have given notices for adjournment motions in both Houses of Parliament for discussions on price rise and corruption under rules that entail voting. Floor managers are confident that a discussion on corruption will take place in the Lok Sabha in the coming days but it will see no voting because the issue can damage the main Opposition BJP equally.
“The prices of essential commodities will not come down even after a discussion in Parliament,” viewed UPA insiders. Asian Age