Stormy winter session ahead

New Delhi, Nov 20 | Updated: Nov 21 2005, 05:30am hrs
A stormy session awaits the Congress-led UPA in the upcoming winter session of Parliament beginning Wednesday, with a determined Opposition readying to put the government on the mat on a number of issues, especially the Volcker report controversy.

It will be rough weather for the UPA from the word go for the month-long session, as Parliament meets just after the Bihar polls, and after the Supreme Court judgement on the dissolution of the Bihar Assembly, the details of which are expected to be out a day before the session. The court has already held the dissolution of the Assembly this summer as unconstitutional.

The BJP-led Opposition has already announced that it will rock Parliament on the Volcker committee report on the oil-for-food scam. It has already given notice of this intention.

The Centre is likely to face flak over stepped-up terrorist violence in Jammu & Kashmir. The Left parties would make a strong demand for introduction of the womens reservation Bill and the scheduled tribes forest rights Bill in the upcoming session.

The BJP has also moved notices on over 40 issues to be discussed under rule 193 and rule 184 which provides for voting.

It is still unclear as to how many new Bills the government plans to bring in the coming session. Congress and its allies are expected to launch a counter-attack on the BJP, whose internal problems have been a hot topic of discussion. Several statements of the RSS chief including the one reportedly asking the Hindus to produce four children is expected to draw flak from the treasury benches.