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Budget session to begin on Thursday,Opposition set to corner UPA over Chopper scam
Last Updated : 21 Feb 2013 10:48:01 AM IST
Budget session to begin on Thursday,Opposition set to corner UPA over Chopper scam


Budget session of Parliament will begin from Thursday and the Opposition is all set to corner the government by raising issues like corruption, inflation and the chopper scam.

Even though government expressed readiness to discuss all issues and order any kind of probe into the chopper scam.

Also, a day ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament begins, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Wednesday issued a regret statement for his Hindu terror remark. 

There were fears that Budget session of parliament will be  washed out like the previous sessions  but it has been averted with Shinde's regret statement, "My statement given in Jaipur last month (January) has created a misunderstanding. It has been understood to mean that I was linking terrorism to a particular religion and was accusing certain political organisations of being involved in organising terror camps."

The BJP is set to raise the AgustaWestland chopper deal issue on February 22. The Left Front is also likely to attack the government over price rise, subsidy cut on diesel, LPG, FEMA amendment and chopper deal. Allegations against Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairperson PJ Kurien will also be an issue for the Left parties.


BJP welcomes Shinde's statement expressing regret

The BJP welcomed Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's statement expressing regret over his Hindu terror remarks but maintained that had he done so earlier it would not have "gladdened the hearts" of terrorists based in Pakistan.

 "We accept this regret from the Home Minister but this ought to have come much earlier. Shinde's comment against the RSS and the BJP was totally unwarranted, baseless and malicious. If Mr Shinde knew that what has spoken was incorrect he ought to have accepted his mistake earlier graciously," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told .

Presidential address to the joint session

The Budget Session will begin on Thursday with the Presidential address to the joint session, followed by the Rail and General Budget next week. The government is getting set to counter the Opposition's attack on many The Railway Budget will be presented on February 26, the Economic Survey the next day and the General Budget on February 28.

"It's not in our hands, we want the political parties to be on our side. The Parliamentary Affairs Minister is dealing with them. The Prime Minister has said that we are ready for a discussion. Parliament is meant for discussion, there is no need for not allowing the House to run," Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal said.

The government has listed around 71 bills to be introduced and passed in this Buget session. Some of the important bills include Bill of Sexual Violence against women, Bill on Land Acquisition, Food Security Bill, Lokpal Bill and Bill to make provision for quota in promotions for SC, ST.

BJP to block Bills

Eyeing 2014 Lok sabha polls,the government would want to pass the food security, land acquisition, Lokpal and women’s reservation bills, besides delivering a please-all budget

The BJP is aware of the fact that  Congress will try to to make food security its election plank and use the Lokpal bill to fight off charges of corruption so BJP will try to block the two bills.

The women’s reservation bill and the communal violence bill are sure to divide the House. There is no agreement on bills relating to financial reform.

NDA, which held a strategy Session Wednesday this evening, said it wanted Parliament to function smoothly and would make all efforts in this regard.

However, it said there were lot of "challenges" which needed to be raised in Parliament with "full strength".

NDA convenor Sharad Yadav listed these issues as the helicopter scam, other corruption cases, inflation, farmers plight due to drought in Maharashtra and hailstorm in Madhya Pradesh and ordinance on stronger anti-rape laws.


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