Govt calls all-party meeting ahead of Parliament Session


The monsoon session of Parliament scheduled to begin on Monday is expected to witness heated debates, as a united Opposition is all set to confront the government on the issue of the Kashmir situation, the border standoff with China, agrarian distress, farmers' agitation, unemployment, economic slowdown, demonetisation woes, and a "flawed" GST.

Azad said the Congress has conveyed to the government that there are some sensitive issues related to the internal and external security that needed to be discussed during the Parliament session.

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The House may not function on the first day of the session on account of death of two sitting MPs-Lok Sabha member Vinod Khanna and Rajya Sabha member Pallavi Reddy.

The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha said, "Pakistan would earlier figure in discussions on Kashmir, but now China is mentioned without fail".

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On Sunday the Speaker held an all-party meet to iron out differences between government and opposition parties. It assured them the issue will be resolved diplomatically. Trinamool Congress is also expected to talk about the protests in Darjeeling that is led by BJP ally GJM. The outcome of the tensions in Bihar between the RJD and the JD-U can also have a major impact on future Opposition politics, they added.

Seeking to build a firewall for the government from the expected opposition attacks in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made it clear that states should act tough against those violating law in the name of cow protection and insisted that the issue should not be given political and communal colour. "If they demand discussion on some current issues, we will discuss the same in the business advisory committee and the chairman will decide the time and date of discussion", Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

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Other than this, during the session, the government is also hoping to get a number of bills passed by the Parliament, including Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill; Whistle blowers' Protection Bill; Citizenship (Amendment) Bill; Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill; Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill; Enemy Property (Amendment) Bill; Consumer Protection Bill; and Companies (Amendment) Bill.