Opposition parties to mull motion against price rise

Opposition parties to mull motion against price rise
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First Published: Mon, Apr 12 2010. 12 26 AM IST

Unified action: CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan says all MPs should together vote on a single cut motion. Madhu Kapparath/Mint
Unified action: CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan says all MPs should together vote on a single cut motion. Madhu Kapparath/Mint
Updated: Mon, Apr 12 2010. 12 26 AM IST
New Delhi: About a dozen opposition parties will meet on Monday to plan a ‘cut motion against the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government over rising prices.
Unified action: CPI general secretary A.B. Bardhan says all MPs should together vote on a single cut motion. Madhu Kapparath/Mint
A cut motion puts the strength of the government in the Lok Sabha to test. If it is adopted, the government stands defeated on a money matter and has to resign.
Left parties are rallying the move ahead of Thursday’s reopening of Parliament after a mid-session recess. Parties that belong to neither the UPA nor the main opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) are expected to attend the meet.
“Though every party is planning to move cut motions...we want to ensure that all the MPs (members of Parliament) together vote on a single cut motion—the one on rolling back the customs and excise duties on petrol and diesel,” said A.B. Bardhan, general secretary of the Communist Party of India, or CPI.
Besides Bardhan, the meet will be attended by Prakash Karat of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad of the Rashtriya Janata Dal and leaders of the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Telugu Desam Party, Biju Janata Dal, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Indian National Lok Dal, Janata Dal (Secular), Forward Bloc and the Revolutionary Socialist Party.
The Bahujan Samaj Party has also been invited, but is yet to respond, CPI leader D. Raja said. The Bharatiya Janata Party, which heads the NDA, won’t attend the meet, but it has offered its support to the move.
“On matters of national importance such as the price rise, BJP believes that one should act above political affiliations. We would support and also lead any move against the government on issue of price rise,” spokesperson Tarun Vijay said.
(‘PTI’ contributed to the story)
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