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

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18 July, 2017

The day began with Prime Minister addressing the press outside the Parliament saying that he hoped that the Monsoon Session will be filled with new vigor and a spirit to promote the national interest.

Both Houses of Parliament, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will be adjourned today because of the death of sitting members.

The Indian Parliament's Monsoon Session commences today (July 17), the same day that Members of Parliament cast their vote to elect the President.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Saturday called for an all party meeting tomorrow. This is ikely to be his last session in the parliament.

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Even as three top Union Ministers - Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj - on Friday briefed the Opposition, including the Congress, on the standoff with China and situation in Kashmir post-Amarnath pilgrims attack, the Opposition is in no mood to let the government to off the hook. Farooq Abdullah and P. Kunhalikutty are sworn in as members of parliament. A total of 18 bills has been listed for passage in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. The party is discussing with other Opposition parties to table an adjournment motion to discuss these issues.

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.

The Prime Minister also met Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi. The session which will continue till August 11. "All political parties have urged that they want to hold fruitful discussions on various issues including the issues of the farmers", the Speaker said. Parliament is meeting at a crucial time when the nation has recently adopted the new indirect tax regime of Goods and Services Tax.

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