statesman news service
New Delhi, 4 August:
Opposition parties will take up the steady “devaluation” of the rupee along with Telangana Statehood, Food Security Bill and Uttarakhand floods issues during the monsoon session of Parliament beginning tomorrow.
At a strategy session chaired by the senior BJP
leader, Mr L K Advani, the party decided to seek amendments to the Food Bill, saying several concerns had to be addressed before its passage, the BJP spokesperson, Mr Ravi Shankar Prasad, told reporters.
He said: “In principle, we are in agreement with this (Food) Bill, but we have a lot to say. There is a Chhattisgarh model, then there is the interest of the farmers…we have to put in a lot of suggestions, amendments.” Mr Prasad said there were several concerns, including what would happen to the existing PDS system and the financial implications of implementing the new law.
The meeting was attended by the BJP president, Mr Rajnath Singh, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Mrs Sushma Swaraj, her Rajya Sabha counterpart, Mr Arun Jaitley, and others. The Telangana issue was also discussed, especially the unrest in the Andhra region, Mr Prasad said, adding, the Congress decision would be raised in Parliament. He said “the Congress has mishandled the issue, it has done it for political considerations as the elections are near.” He said when Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand were created during NDA rule, all parties were consulted.