Test for PM Modi on the cards as Parliament resumes

Rajat Kain

Lok_sabhaPM Narendra Modi led Union government is expected to face a testing second leg of the budget session starting Monday. The opposition will be out to prove itself on the floor of both the houses. Lok Sabha, the lower house, starts on Monday whereas the upper house, Rajya Sabha, is set to begin on Thursday.

Reinvigorated with the return of their Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Congress party will be looking to prove a point. While another main opposition party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) too will be bracing to pan out the mettle of their newly appointed chief. Sitaram Yechury on Sunday was chosen to lead CPI(M).

Both the Congress and the CPI(M) are looking for a resurgence in their political fortunes. The former looks set take a stiff position and sharpen its attack on the Centre, while the latter too may be hoping for an energetic presence after the rehaul of its organisational structure.

The government too seems to be wary that going may not be easy in the concluding part of Budget session. Bracing for a test on the both the floors of the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted early today “Parliament session begins today. I look forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues.”

The biggest of opposition is all set to come against the Ordinance on the Land Acquisition Bill. The government has already re-issued the Ordinance that was the cause of major debate and disapproval between the government and majority of opposition parties in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The upper house was prorogued to allow BJP-led NDA government to re-issue the Ordinance. The government will now procedurally table the re-issued ordinance in the Lok Sabha. But the biggest test may come in Rajya Sabha, where government was unable to even table the land ordinance in the first part of the session as Opposition parties were unrelenting.

The Congress party has again asserted their line of opposition to the Ordinance in a massive farmers rally the party addressed at Ramlila Maidan on Sunday. It was also the platform to ‘re-launch’ Rahul Gandhi, who held his first public rally after he returned from much discussed 56-days ‘leave of absence’.

“Congress will stand with you. If they try to take your land, we will be there. You will see Congress workers there, you will see me there…Farmers strengthen the nation before Industrialists”, Gandhi told the gathering of farmers and party workers at the rally.

Leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said his party will participate in the debates government wishes to have and especially on the land ordinance but, he said, the party will “oppose tooth and nail” the land bill which will be brought to ratify the ordinance.