Govt calls all-party meeting ahead of Parliament Session

NDA presidential nominee Ram Nath Kovind and UPA presidential nominee Meira Kumar. | PTI

Even as the government held an all-party meeting on Sunday in its bid to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament, the monsoon session starting on Monday is set to be stormy with the opposition geared up to raise issues like cow vigilantism, escalation of violence in J&K and the standoff with China at the Doklam tri-junction.

Meanwhile, the polling for the President election is underway at the Parliament and the various state Assemblies.

BJP leaders have said they would take on the opposition over these issues claiming that the government's track record has been better than the UPA in terms of economy and agriculture growth.

Besides these, he said, the Congress will also raise issues pertaining to farmers' distress and Mandsaur police firing in both houses of the Parliament.

"Fear is being spread in the minority community".

Both the meetings will be held in the Parliament Library building. The government has closed all doors for dialogue on Kashmir "which has led to political suffocation in the valley", Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

It is also expected that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will discuss the name of its Vice-Presidential nominee during their Parliamentary party executive meeting in the evening. He will also address NDA members of Parliament.

Yechury further said that at the present time, it is important to introduce three new bills, which have not been included in the list of the NDA government, but hold utmost importance.

As soon as the Lok Sabha met, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read the condolence message over the death of sitting MP Vinod Khanna and some former members of the House.

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".


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