Warmed by poll wins, Congress ready to face stormy parliament

December 9th, 2008 - 6:54 pm ICT by IANS  

Shivraj PatilNew Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) With victories in three state assembly elections in its bag, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government is readying to face the opposition onslaught on the Mumbai terror attack and price rise in the extended parliament session beginning Wednesday.”In the backdrop of the Mumbai terror attack, parliamentarians need to rise above partisan politics and give a boost to effective leadership,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi told IANS here Tuesday.

The third edition of the special session of parliament, which begins Wednesday and goes on till Dec 23, comes soon after the audacious terror attack in Mumbai where terrorists killed 172 people. Its political fallout saw the resignation of home minister Shivraj Patil and the Maharashtra chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, both from the Congress.

Perhaps realising that security of the country and its people is likely to dominate proceedings in the light of Mumbai terror siege, Vayalar Ravi exhorted MPs to demonstrate “mature leadership” through “meaningful discussions and performance”.

“Our anger should be against the enemy not between us,” he said, referring to the earlier continuous disruption of parliament’s proceedings, emphasising particularly on the truncated session in October that lasted barely a week.

However, the Left parties said they were determined to come down heavily on the government on both the security and economic fronts.

“The financial package unveiled by the government to pump prime the economy with specific measures for various sectors virtually ignores the farmers and the poor. We will also question the government’s failure in preventing continuous terror attacks,” said A. Vijayaraghavan, deputy leader of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in the Rajya Sabha.

An aggressive Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari hit back: “I would like to advise the CPI-M politburo to meet and apologise for the outrageous comments made by the Kerela chief minister (V.S. Achuthanandan) with respect to the family of a brave soldier who lost his life while fighting terrorists in Mumbai.

“Also, a party that has never condemned the 1962 aggression by China has no right to speak on issues of national security.”

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will also be hoping to stir things up.

Hoping to score points, the main opposition party has said it would seek a detailed report from the government on the steps taken by it to deal with terrorism.

“The government is accountable to the people on the matter of security,” BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told reporters.

Apart from politics, there is also business to be conducted.

It is still unclear what important bills are likely to be brought in by the government. But party insiders said a bill to set up a federal investigation agency to deal exclusively with terror crimes would be introduced.

Home Minister P. Chidamabaram is on record as saying that the government was keen on bringing in the bill at the earliest. All political parties have been approached on their suggestions to the formation of the agency.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Posted in Politics |