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Parliament session begins tomorrow

October 16, 2008 10:04 IST

Skipping the monsoon session because of a confidence vote and meeting now with "erstwhile friends" in Opposition benches, Parliament begins a new session on Friday -- that is likely to be stormy on a number of issues like communal violence, terror attacks and price rise.

In between the special two-day sitting in July when the government secured a vote of confidence with the shifting of sides by the Samajwadi Party and the session beginning tomorrow, the government successfully went through the process of clinching the nuclear deal through IAEA, NSG and the US Congress.

With the deal in its bag, an upbeat Congress is gearing up to take on the combined opposition which is likely to corner the government on issues like spiralling prices and incidents of terror attack in some parts of the country.

Main opposition BJP has been accusing the government of going soft on terror besides being critical of its handling of the internal security and failing to check inflation.

To counter the opposition onslaught, the Congress is likely to raise the issue of attacks on Christians in BJP-ruled Karnataka and Orissa governed by BJD-BJP charging Sangh Parivar outfits like Bajrang Dal and VHP with indulging in attacks against minority communities in the two states.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi said the government was willing to have a thorough discussion on these issues.

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