After street battles over the ‘solar scam’ and KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala’s induction as Home Minister in the Oommen Chandy Cabinet, the ruling UDF and Opposition LDF would return to the Assembly on Friday for a 23-day session, to test their strengths, perhaps for one last time, before the impending Lok Sabha elections.

The first session of the year, which would begin with the Governor’s customary policy address to the House, holds much interest. The manner in which the Opposition proposes to take forward its campaign against Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on the floor of the House and the qualitative difference that everybody expects to see in the ruling alliance’s defence against the Opposition onslaught over a host of issues, the cooking gas price hike to begin with, would be keenly watched.

The UDF goes into the session in a much better frame of mind as compared to the Opposition, which has found to its chagrin that the series of agitations unleashed by it over the ‘solar scam’ has not had the desired effect.

The State’s financial situation is a matter of serious worry, but the government appears to be hoping to present before the House, possibly on January 24, a budget that takes care of its political interests even as it addresses the State’s difficult development and welfare questions.

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