Opposition to corner Govt. in Parliament

Updated - November 28, 2021 09:27 pm IST

Published - August 24, 2010 11:17 am IST - New Delhi

The Opposition will seek to put the government on the mat on the nuclear liability bill, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, spurt in Maoist violence and other issues in Parliament which meets on Wednesday after a three day break.

The opposition parties are crying foul after the Union Cabinet on Friday last cleared 18 amendments, including the one which deals with a clause on liability of a supplier in the event of a nuclear accident.

The controversial amendment to Clause 17 (B) makes it clear that an operator of a nuclear plant can seek damages only if an accident has occurred due to the “intent” of the supplier or its employees.

The BJP wants that the amended clause should be referred back to the Parliamentary Standing Committee.

The party has made it clear that it would be very difficult to support the bill unless the government relents and brings back the original proposed legislation.

The Left parties are also up in arms accusing the government of diluting the suppliers’ liability at the behest of the U.S.

The Rajya Sabha is expected to discuss the challenges posed by Maoists, insurgents and renewed violence in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Left parties are likely to take on arch rival Trinamool Congress led by Mamata Banerjee accusing her of openly supporting the Maoists.

With the situation in the Kashmir Valley continuing to be worrisome, the opposition is expected to target the government for what it has been dubbing as pursuing a direction-less policy towards the sensitive State.

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