Asia Bizz: The ruling government in India has now become the target of the opposition party before the upcoming 2012 Budget session of Parliament which begins on March 12, 2012. The opposition is now preparing its strategy to target the government, which has already weakened after the recently concluded assembly elections. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) met on March 11, 2012 and drew a plan to target the government.
After the BJP meeting at LK Advani’s residence, Prakash Javedekar, the BJP leader, said that they have two important issues to concentrate on – the first issue being Congress’ attitude of usurping states’ powers and the second is in case of issues like the National Counter Terrorism Centre, Lokayukta Bill, Railway Protection Force Act and practically every bill of the HRD ministry. CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said that the NCTC issue will be crucial and is against the federal structure of the nation.
Even the Trinamool Congress met on March 10, 2012 to discuss their strategy before the budget session. On the other hand, Mamata Banerjee assured the government that she will not rock the boat while the opposition leaders have hinted that they will be reaching out to her as well as the other United Progressive Alliance allies over the issue of federalism. But the Congress leaders are confident and said that all is well and that they have reached out to all their allies.
Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed said that he had a conversation with Mamata Banerjee for almost 40 minutes. Ahmed added that they have nothing against Banerjee and that she is a very strong ally of the UPA. Meanwhile, it is a testing time for the UPA government as it has weakened its position after the conclusion of the assembly elections. Brinda Karat, the CPI leader said that the election mandate should tell the Congress that the people are not in favor of its anti-people policies.