Monsoon session likely to be stormy

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However, leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, said Congress and other opposition parties would target the government on Kashmir as well as the standoff with China.

The Opposition, that includes the Congress, CPI-M, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Psarty, BSP, Janata Dal-United, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and DMK, is likely to ask for a debate on the matter but may not be very aggressive.

Targeting the government on the Kashmir issue, he said the government "closed all doors for dialogue" on it which led to "political suffocation" in the Valley.

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He said former finance minister P Chidambaram had already said that the GST roll-out will be raised during the session in view of the fact that the law in its present form was not the law that was originally drafted by the Congress party. Apart from several regional issues, the parties have agreed upon five main problems faced by the nation. "The government is always ready to discuss on the floor of the House any issue as permitted under the rules of procedure", Kumar said.

The issue of lynching and cow vigilantism will appear prominently in the opposition attack on the government.

"We will also raise the issues related to mob lynching, agrarian crisis in view of farmer suicides".

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday walked up to senior opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha to greet them as the House met on the opening day of the monsoon session. He will also address NDA members of Parliament.

PM Modi, ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, said: "I hope the Monsoon Session will see constructive discussions keeping in mind the value of time, resources and honour of the Parliament".

The Monsoon Session of Parliament officially begins on Monday, however, due to death of sitting members in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, both the Houses will be adjourned and proceedings will begin from Tuesday. Voting for the new President will also take place today in which 776 Parliamentarians will vote.

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