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Aug 04, 2013 at 09:59am IST

Congress hopes to pass unchanged Food Bill in Parliament

New Delhi: The Monsoon Session of Parliament which will begin on August 5 seems to be a stormy session as Food Security Bill, suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal are likely to be discussed. The BJP had also said that it will corner the government on issues ranging from falling rupee, Uttarakhand tragedy to CBI IB issue. A few days ago in all-party meeting, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has already appealed for a constructive session of Parliament.

In fact, there are signs of divide within the UPA on the politically and socially significant Food Security Bill. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath has claimed there is a consensus on the Food Bill and he hopes to see the bill pass the way it is. But Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar has said he is open to changes on the bill.

Meanwhile the Opposition has made it clear that they will seek to corner the government on several issues -- from relaxation of FDI norms, the Uttarakhand tragedy and the falling rupee. Kamal Nath has also said the UPA is willing to extend the session beyond the August 30 in order to get the House to function.

On unanimity in all party that the government must take measures to insulate the impact of Supreme Court verdicts disqualifying MPs, he said, "Issues were raised that the court judgements will make it impossible for elected representatives to contest because of combative nature of politics the politicians must be insulated from malafides."

With BJP accusing the government saying there is a long list of business but only 12 effective days, he said it is not a long list. "Out of 64 bills, there are 20 bills for introduction, four bills for withdrawal, 40 bills are there which has to be prioritized. Lets sit till late and tell the country that we are serious about business of the country," he said.

He is hopeful that when there will be a discussion on the amendments in the Food Security Ordinance, the Opposition will understand they are not necessary and can be made later. "I am sure when they are explained the total import of the bill they will go along the bill," he added.

He said that the party is open to discusuon, "We are open for discussion on any subject, will let Speaker decide on priority."

He added that thi is not the last session of the Parliament. They will have a Winter Session and there will be another session where they will pass the vote on account.