Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government may be hopeful of a productive Monsoon session of the Parliament, including the passage of the crucial GST Bill, but the Opposition may make life difficult with a slew of issues that it plans to raise.
“Government cannot do constitutional murder in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Meghalaya and expect GST (bill) to be passed,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has said.
From the ongoing tension in Jammu and Kashmir to inflation and the Arunachal Pradesh verdict by Supreme Court, the government may find itself cornered on a number of matters, hence making it difficult to get the GST Bill passed, at least in the initial days of the session.
We take a look at some of the issues that Opposition will raise:
Arunachal Pradesh: Political developments in Arunachal, which saw the installation of a new Congress dispensation in the state are likely to make the session a tempestuous affair.
Congress leaders have said that they will seek answers from the Modi government on the Arunachal Pradesh issue. The leaders will reportedly coordinate their strategy with the Left parties, which have also attacked the government after the Supreme Court verdict.
Pema Khandu was on Sunday sworn in as the new CM of Arunachal Pradesh heading a Congress government, a day after the party pulled off a dramatic success winning back all its rebels by choosing a new leader, marking the culmination of fast-paced political developments.
In a big setback for BJP-led NDA government, the Supreme Court earlier in the week quashed all orders given by Arunachal Pradesh Governor, thereby restoring Congress government in the state.
Jammu and Kashmir: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad gave notice in Rajya Sabha to discuss the Kashmir unrest issue. “This is not the first time that militants have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir,” Azad said. “People have been killed in ten districts, there is no place in the Valley where peace prevails,” he said. “Bullets have been fired. Can we use the same bullets that we use to fire at militants to stop protests by children and elderly? Should we treat militants and the common people in the same way?” he asked.
The ongoing crisis in Jammu and Kashmir over the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani is expected to be a big talking point in Parliament.
The government on its part has said that it will talk on the issue in Parliament. “We will speak in Parliament about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir,” Kiren Rijiju, MoS Home has said.
Inflation: Yet another issue for which the government will face heat is inflation. According to news reports, both Congress and TMC (Trinamool Congress) plan to corner the Modi government over rising food inflation. TMC leaders today protested against price rise at the Gandhi Statue in Parliament premises.
Inflation has been rising for the past few months, and prices of vegetables and pulses have sky-rocketed.
NSG membership: The opposition is also set to raise the issue of India’s failure to get a berth in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group. India’s entry bid into NSG has been scuttled, not only by China, but also Switzerland, which had earlier supported the membership proposal.
PM Narendra Modi’s last-ditch attempt to reach out to Chinese President Xi Jinping was snubbed last month, with China insisting that India must first sign the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty).
The government has said that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is ready for discussion on issues including Prime Minister’s recent foreign tours.