In pics: The key issues for Congress before Lok Sabha election

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New Delhi, Aug 5: As the first day of the Parliamentary monsoon session began on a stormy note on Monday, the speculations are rife that it may be the last session headed by the UPA government.

Lok Sabha elections to be held early?

To be more clear, we may say that the nation may witness an early Lok Sabha elections.

With several politically-heated events taking place across the country, the UPA government is taking its each and every step very cautiously. Perhaps, in its second term's ending phase of power, the Congress is willfully implementing the appeasement policy.

Although, the government dismissed suggestions that the Monsoon session will be the last session and that the country was headed for early elections.

On Saturday, the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said, "There are still three sessions left, including the Monsoon session, the Winter session and Budget session for the vote-on-account.

He also said the Monsoon session which concludes on August 30 could be extended, if necessary.

Nath's clarification came after the SP leader Shailender Kumar hinted on early elections by saying, "It seems it is an election session due to the kind of bills the government is bringing. It appears that the government is looking at its benefit by bringing all these measures like the Food Security Bill and the decision on separate Telangana."

Duga Shakti Nagpal issue:

Two days before, the UPA Chairperson wrote a letter to the Prime Minster DR Manmohan Singh asking him to ensure fair-treatment is meted out with the suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.

In an attempt to provoke the Samajwadi Party, Sonia Gandhi has come out in Durga's support seeking justice for her and it has ensued a war of words between the two parties.

Although, Mulayam Singh Yadav has clarified that the food bill and Durga Shaktii issue are not related.

Food Security Ordinance issue:

The BJP has already made it clear that they would suggest some amendments in the Food Security bill before getting it passed in both the houses, before it is fully adopted, so that the "most people are benefited by it."

Last month, the BJP president Rajnath Singh lashed out the Congress saying, "The Congress party had promised in 2004 that within 100 days of formation of its government, it will bring the food security bill. But for the next nine years the Congress-led UPA government never bothered to do it. Now when the elections are approaching, they are bringing it in a hurry.
This is acruel joke on the poor."

But, on the other hand, the Congress has blamed BJP for "creating hindrances" in implementation the Food Security Ordinance and it has also asserted that there is no motive to take political mileage out of it.

The Samajwadi Party has also warned the government not to support the Food Security Ordinance and BJP will remain adamant on bringing amendments in it, so, in a dicey situation, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will recommend fort the disruption of Lok Sabha.

Telangana separated

The bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh for creating Telangana, was perhaps one of the most difficult decisions, taken by the party's top leadership so far.

Whether with conviction or political pressure, Telangana issue has become a kind of lump in the Congress's throat.

Challenging the political will of the Congress, the BJP has already demanded that the party should get the Bill for formation of separate Telangana approved by Union Cabinet in the next few days.

Learning from his past experience in 2009, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhara Rao has said he would not celebrate till the bill is passed in the coming monsoon session and then only, it can consider to form a merger with the Congress.

After Congress' green-signal for the formation of Telangana, several members from the Seemandhra region belonging to Congress and TDP have tendered their resignations in protest against the decision, while the Congress top brass has appealed its MPs and ministers not to take extreme action.

Inside the Parliament on First Monsoon session:

The current monsoon session will have only 16 sittings.

On the first day, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla said, "I am expecting that the session should go smooth and there are important bills in the interest of the people of the country like Food Security Bill, Land Acquisition Bill, lot many other financial bills which are very important in the interest of the people of the country. So, I seek and solicit the cooperation of the opposition in getting these bills passed."

Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) government has also expressed support to the Food Security Bill but it has some suggestions and objections. But even if the government doesn't make amendments, then also it will vote in the favour of the UPA's version of Food bill.

On the contrary, the Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal made its opposition clear by saying, "This bill is anti-farmer. Samajwadi Party will vote against it, if needed. In the name of the food security bill, grains will be sold in the black market. The farmers will get Rs4 and Rs5 for their rice and wheat, and be forced to commit suicide."

But on Tuesday, in a U-turn, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav changed its stance on the Food Bill and said, "If they (government) promise that farmers' interests will not be ignored and they will get profit for their produce, then we can support the bill."

First day, first show....

A view of Parliament House in New Delhi on the first day of the Monsoon session on Monday.

Durga Shakti Nagpal

The UPA Chairperson wrote a letter to the Prime Minster Dr Manmohan Singh asking him to ensure fair-treatment is meted out with the suspended IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal.

 

 

Telangana uproar

TDP MPs protest at Parliament house on the first day of the Monsoon session in New Delhi on Monday.

First day of the Parliament's Monsoon session

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, flanked by MoS Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla and Minister of State, PMO, V Narayanasamy arrives to interact with the media on the first day of the Monsoon session at Parliament in New Delhi on Monday.

JD(U) supports Food Security Bill

Nitish Kumar-led JD(U) government has also expressed support to the Food Security Bill but it has some suggestions and objections. But even if the government doesn't make amendments, then also it will vote in the favour of the UPA's version of Food bill.

 

 

Congress, SP- War of words

In an attempt to provoke the Samajwadi Party, Sonia Gandhi has come out in Durga's support seeking justice for her and it has ensued a war of words between the two parties.

 

 

 

 

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