Oppn has plenty of ammo to shoot in this monsoon session

By Santosh Kumar Pathak

New Delhi, July 17 (IANS): The monsoon session of Parliament which starts on Monday will be a memorable session for the government despite the opposition’s preparations to corner it.

On the first day of the session, the presidential election will be held in which members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will vote to elect a new president. The BJP, which pulled off a masterstroke by fielding tribal woman Draupadi Murmu as its presidential candidate, is aiming to win by a huge margin.

During the monsoon session, the vice-presidential ballot will take place on August 6. The BJP nominated West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar, a native of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, for the post. Seeing the numbers of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, Dhankhar is almost certain to win the elections.

However, despite strong prospects of the NDA winning the presidential and vice-presidential elections, the opposition is doing everything possible to corner the government inside and outside parliament.

In the multi-party meeting convened by Lok Sabha Chairman Om Birla ahead of the monsoon session, the opposition parties made their position clear demanding discussion on several issues including the Agnipath program among others.

The way the opposition reacted to the circular from the Lok Sabha secretariat prohibiting demonstrations inside the premises of Parliament shows that it is ready to confront the government.

While Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao along with other opposition parties wants to pressure the government, his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee wants to lead the opposition parties as has been reported. seen presenting Yashwant Sinha as the opposition presidential candidate.

And between those two regional parties is Congress, which faces a crisis to maintain its national relevance. The impact of mutual competition between these three parties should also be seen during the monsoon session.

With the Trinamool Congress, SP, BSP, TRS, NCP, National Conference, AIMIM, Shiv Sena, among others, skipping the all-party meet, the chances of the session getting heated have increased.

The opposition wants to corner the government by demanding talks on the Agnipath project, inflation, falling value of the rupiah against the dollar, farmers’ problems, MSP, unemployment, the situation at the Indo border -China, the Nupur Sharma case, among others.

The monsoon session will end on August 12.

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