Ahead of the Budget session, the PM said that the UPA would handle the pressure from the Opposition as well as allies coming its way. He added, “Pressure is part of Parliamentary life."
To avoid a repeat of the chaotic previous session of Parliament, the PM stated that all political parties to cooperate to ensure the same. He said, “I request all political parties to cooperate. We are willing to discuss and debate all issues in Parliament."
With the talks of mid-term polls hotting up from varied quarters, in an effort to dispel any sort of fears, the PM commented, “I am confident that we have all the numbers we need." [Read: Budget 2012: Tough time ahead for UPA government]
With the Opposition all geared up to tear into the government over various issues, the NCTC, the Lokpal Bill and the ISRO controversy is likely to become the highlight. Meanwhile, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj will also take up the issue of the detention of the children of the Norway-based Indian couple.
The Left parties will focus more on the issues of the aam aadmi like price rise and rising inflation levels. With the Opposition all determined to make it real difficult for the UPA, the UPA’s key ally Trinamool Congress will also raise certain issues that will make UPA leaders uneasy. They are intent on cornering the government on issues like price rise, NCTC and FDI. The Mamata Banerjee government has more bargaining power considering that the Centre needs the Trinamool’s support on the General Budget.
The government will also reportedly convene an all-party meeting to discuss contentious issues.