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Parliament opens, Congress fingers crossed

Thursday, 22 November 2012 - 8:50am IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA
As a predictably stormy winter session of the parliament gets underway on Thursday, the Congress party has expressed a hope, vain in all likelihood, that the opposition parties won’t disrupt the proceedings.

As a predictably stormy winter session of the parliament gets underway on Thursday, the Congress party has expressed a hope, vain in all likelihood, that the opposition parties won’t disrupt the proceedings.

“Their disruptive tactics have not gone down well with the people. We hope that they are wiser after this experience,” said party spokesperson PC Chacko.

Chacko, who chairs the joint parliamentary committee on 2G, said it has been observed that the opposition’s disruptive tactics have been unproductive.  “Those who have disrupted an entire session of the parliament demanding this JPC, now do not even attend it. We have a problem of a quorum in these meetings,” he said.

He said that after the recommendations of the select committee in the Rajya Sabha, the decks are cleared for the passage of the Lokpal bill.

There is a heavy legislative agenda before the parliament, and this includes the Lokpal bill. The Congress party is committed to the Lokpal bill, and we can only hope that the opposition cooperates this time,” added Chacko.

Even as it banks on the cooperation of the opposition parties in seeing the legislative agenda through in this session, the Congress seems to be enjoying the plight of a divided opposition as the dithering continues over a possible no-confidence motion or a motion under a provision that entails voting on the issue of allowing FDI in multi-brand retail.

“Nothing is before us, so we cannot really comment on this situation. Let the opposition make up its mind. If they are so critical of the government’s functioning, then why should they restrict themselves to a single issue like FDI, then they should table a non-confidence motion,” said Chacko virtually daring the opposition parties.


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