Monsoon session to be stormy affair

Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 1

The monsoon session of the Vidhan Sabha is likely to be a stormy affair with the Opposition Congress ready to take on the BJP regime for its failure on issues like "political appointments, unemployment and fiscal mismanagement".

The session will commence tomorrow in the absence of six-time Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, after decades. Virbhadra did not attend the session for a brief period when he was a Union Minister. The opening day of the session will be dedicated to obituaries in the wake of the demise of Virbhadra and Jubbal-Kotkhai MLA Narinder Bragta, besides others.

Gearing up to corner oppn

  • The Congress is gearing up to corner the BJP regime on the "poor Covid management"
  • The issue of announcements being made by the CM with an eye on the four bypolls may also echo in the assembly
  • The BJP is likely to hit back at the Congress on factionalism, intensified after the demise of Virbhadra Singh

Speaker Vipin Parmar held an all-party meeting which was attended by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj, Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, CPM MLA Rakesh Singha and Chief Whip Vikram Jaryal. "I have sought the cooperation of all members for ensuring smooth conduct of the Assembly," said Parmar.

The chances of the session being a smooth affair seem most unlikely with the Congress demanding that it should also be allowed to make appointments like that of the Chief Whip and Whip of the BJP in the Assembly. Both BJP and Congress held meetings of their legislature parties to chalk out their strategy.

The Congress is likely to raise issues like avoidable expenditure resulting from appointment of chairmen and vice-chairman. The issue of announcements being made by the Chief Minister with an eye on the four by-polls is likely to echo in the Assembly.

The Congress is gearing up to corner the BJP regime on the "poor Covid management" besides "phone tapping and fiscal mismanagement with no thrust on resource mobilisation and cut in wasteful expenditure".

The BJP is likely to hit back at the Congress on the issue of its internal bickering and factionalism, which has intensified after the demise of Virbhadra Singh.

Parmar revealed that a total of 853 questions had been filed by the legislators. This included 618 starred and 235 unstarred questions. There will be a private member day besides the government tabling some Bills.

Parmar hoped that the legislators will try to utilise the session sittings fruitfully for raising issues concerning the public and debate on important issues. He said in view of the Covid protocol, efforts will be made to issue minimum possible passes, be it for the general public, officers and other employees so that there is no overcrowding.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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