Winter session: Pranab extends olive branch to Left

Can Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee cajole the opposition for some business in the House?

FP Staff November 23, 2011 09:56:34 IST

With the first day of Winter session of Parliament wasted over politics, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee reached out to the Left parties assuring them that a detailed discussion over price rise will be done in the House.

"In any form we are ready to discuss price rise and the situation of economy in the country," said CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta.

Winter session Pranab extends olive branch to Left

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee. Image courtesy PIB

The BJP is also seeking an adjournment motion to discuss the issue of black money. The party's parliamentary body is likely to meet today morning and chalk out the future strategy.

"This government is not recognising inflation as the problem of the economy," said BJP leader Yashwant Sinha to reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday.

However, the BJP is also determined to boycott Home Minister P Chidambaram in Parliament over the 2G case. The opposition intent is likely to make Chidambaram a toast for trouble on the second day of the session with the party ready to corner him in the Rajya Sabha.

The BJP is intent on paying the Congress in the same coin as the Sonia Gandhi-led party once forced the resignation of then Defence Minister George Fernandes from the Union Cabinet due to the Kargil coffin-gate scam.

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