PC can bank on BJP support over federal agency to fight terror

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Dec 10 2008, 05:43am hrs
Terror as an electoral issue may have been a disappointment for the BJP in the just concluded assembly elections but the main Opposition is set to join hands with the UPA government in Parliament to create a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to tackle terrorism.

The proposal to set up the FIA is expected to be tabled in Parliament, which resumes its sittings for a brief period from Wednesday, by the new home minister P Chidambaram, who will seek political consensus on the new investigating body in the backdrop of the recent Mumbai attacks. Chidambaram has already met leader of the opposition and BJP leader L K Advani in this regard.

The ten-day sitting, the third part of the session which began on July 21 for securing the trust vote, comes at a time when the assembly election results have comes as a booster for the Congress which managed a 3-2 victory despite the BJP pitching the UPA governments inability to tackle terror as a major campaign theme. Samajwadi Partys Mohan Singh said on Tuesday that the session is being held at a time when the BJP has received a setback even after raising the terror issue from roof tops.

The session is also significant as it has come at a time when the global recession started having its impact on the Indian economy and the government is expected to apprise Parliament of the measures taken by it to tackle it. The session is expected to witness discussions on issues with the slew of measures including special stimulus package coming in for scrutiny.

The government is expected to come up with a fresh batch of supplementary demands for grants for approval of its plans to incur an additional spending of Rs. 20,000 crore as part of the package. Both Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are likely to be adjourned on the opening day as a mark of respect to late Prime Minister V P Singh, who died recently. With Lok Sabha polls to be held early next year, a section of the political class believes that the session resuming tomorrow would be the last one before the polls but there is no official word.