Monsoon session of Parliament: Opposition looks to corner government over several issues

18 July 2017, 12:07 | Robert Harris

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Congress President Sonia Gandhi may also hold on Sunday an informal meeting of the opposition leaders to firm up the issues to be raised during the session. Ansari also condemned the "cowardly and senseless" July 10 Amarnath Yatra attack in south Kashmir that left eight pilgrims dead.

He added that this session "brings hope" like monsoons.

The Monsoon session of Parliament began today.

BJP has said that it is ready to discuss on all issues in Parliament.

Ahead of the 12th session of 16th Lok Sabha, the National Democratic Alliance Government has called an all-party meeting on Sunday in a bid to seek the Opposition's support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses.

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"Prime Minister Modi has asked the State Governments to take strict action against the anti-social elements creating violence in the name of cow vigilantism and punish them strictly", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said after the all-party meeting here.

The day also marks the beginning of the Monsoon session, which is expected to be stormy as the opposition is likely to raise issues like the lynching, terrorist attacks in Amarnath, riots in West Bengal, the impact of GST, the military stand-off with China, farmers suicide and much more.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad made it clear today that the Congress and other opposition parties would target the government over the issues of Kashmir as well as the stand-off with China.

The Prime Minister has this morning thanked all parties for helping launch the mega reform Goods and Services Tax or GST, saying GST also stands for "Growing Strong Together".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the meet which was boycotted by the Trinamool Congress. "It is a matter of country's security and we will raise it in Parliament", Azad told reporters after an all-party meeting convened by the government at Parliament Library building.



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