While the main Opposition party, the Bharatiya Janata Party, has questioned the UPA’s decision to issue an Ordinance on food security, it also wants to make amendments before the Bill can be passed in Parliament.
The BJP doesn’t want to be seen opposing the crucial Bill. The BJP leaders are likely to help the Union government pass the Bills other than the food security ordinance, unless the government accepts the recommendations by the Yashwant Sinha-headed standing committee on finance.
“The food security Bill is just one issue but the government would have to explain a lot on price rise, corruption, misuse of the Central Bureau of Investigation, state of the economy and devaluation of the rupee,” said a senior BJP leader.
Senior Congress leaders concede the UPA could be safe in terms of numbers but it does not solve the problem totally. “Even if we have the numbers, these are important bills. We can’t pass them without a discussion. They need to be debated and discussed and cannot be passed in the din. Only when the Opposition agrees to let the house function and have a discussion, can the bills be passed.”