The promulgation of the Food Ordinance by the President on July 5 following the decision of the Union Cabinet has given rise to intense speculation about an early poll. There is also speculation on whether the Monsoon session of Parliament, which is normally held at the end of third week of July, will take place at all. Read more

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The winter session of Parliament slated to begin next week is likely to be a stormy affair given that most political parties outside the fold of the UPA are planning to move motions on the FDI issue which entail voting. In simple words, the government could face a united opposition which includes the BJP and the Left parties pitted against it on the issue. Even some of its allies like the DMK and those offering support from outside to the minority government like the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party could oppose the treasury benches on this contentious subject. Read more

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Yet another controversy this time involving the newly elected deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha, Prof PJ Kurien and minister of state for parliamentary affairs, Rajiv Shukla has erupted during the monsoon session of Parliament. Read more

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Veteran politician and BJP stalwart LK Advani took everyone by surprise when he seemed to state in his blog what many people perceive to be the truth—that in the next Lok Sabha election, the Congress and the BJP may not have adequate numbers and therefore the Prime Minister maybe from one of the regional outfits. Read more

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Now that former Union Telecom Minister A. Raja is out on bail and has started attending Lok Sabha, speculation has started as to whether he will give the reasons for his resignation in Parliament. Read more

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Those who watched the live proceedings of the Lok Sabha debate on the lokpal bill on Tuesday were in for a rude shock over the manner in which the Bharatiya Janata Party, the principal opposition in Parliament conducted itself. Read more

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Last week I had written that the logjam in Parliament was probably to stall the Lok Pal Bill. As events have started unfolding, the presumption is coming out to be correct. Read more

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The events of the last few days leading to the arrest of social activist and Gandhian Anna Hazare and its political fall out have left no one in doubt that the present UPA government seems to be incapable of governance. Read more

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The beginning of the monsoon session has been stormy and there are likely to be more fireworks as days go by. Read more

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The time has come for the Congress and its government at the Centre to seriously introspect and make course correction before it is too late. Read more

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