Monsoon session: Government calls all party meet, TMC to skip

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

The meeting will take place at 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.

The first day of the Parliament monsoon session is expected to begin on a stormy note as the Opposition will attempt to put the Centre on the back foot over the Doklam standoff with China and the security situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

Prime Minister Modi on Sunday, without naming Trinamool Congress and Rashtriya Janata Dal, hit out at the corruption plaguing the nation. The party is discussing with other Opposition parties to table an adjournment motion to discuss these issues.

Opposition parties also chose to meet at least once a month to coordinate their efforts to corner the government.

CPI-M leader Mohammad Salim said on Sunday that his party will raise the issues of cross border tensions with India and Pakistan, mob lynching by cow vigilantes, and the agrarian crisis.

Post GST implementation, monsoon session will have many more agendas to achieve by resolving various issues along with bills passage.

The increased opposition synergy comes at a time when 18 parties have come together under one platform to pin the government on some key issues. On the same day, 776 members of the Parliament are scheduled to cast their vote to elect the country's next President. Amarnath attacks and CBI raids on RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav are also likely to be in the list of topics to be raised by the opposition.

Mr Azad said the Congress has told the government it wants to discuss some sensitive issues on internal and external security during the monsoon session.

However, the TMC has said that they won't attend the all-party meet but will attend Lok Sabha Speaker's meet.

A lot of legislative business is lined up by the government in this session, which includes the "The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017", "The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017", "The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017" in the Lok Sabha. The bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha and is with the select committee of Rajya Sabha.

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