Sushilkumar Shinde expresses 'regret' to BJP for 'Hindu terror' remark
"Parliament is a forum for discussion, for dialogue and all parties have an obligation to ensure that parliament runs smoothly."
Singh is grappling with the worst economic slowdown in a decade and faces a general election next year.
The assembly session begins on Thursday with an address by the president. Debates begin on Friday.
The government plans to present bills for insurance and pension reform that will open those industries to more foreign investment and to change land acquisition laws to make it easier for companies to buy land for industrial and infrastructure projects.
It will present the annual budget for the fiscal year ending in March 2014 next week. Also planned are a food security bill to provide subsidised grain for the poor, the setting up of an anti-graft ombudsman and the approval of an ordinance providing for harsher punishment for perpetrators of sex crimes.
The ruling coalition, headed by the Congress party, is technically in a minority but is supported by regional allies.
The main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has led protests in the legislature during previous sessions, has criticised a kickbacks scandal in the $750 million purchase of VIP helicopters from Anglo-Italian company AgustaWestland that erupted last week.
The Hindu nationalist party is, however, most incensed by comments attributed to Home Minister Sushil Shinde that the group was promoting "Hindu terrorism", and has demanded an apology.
"We would like the house to function," top BJP member and opposition leader Sushma Swaraj told reporters.
"There are many
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