Parliament Monsoon Session Day 1 To Be Adjourned In Both Houses

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 18, 2017

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.

The Trinamool Congress is reportedly attending that meeting.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that apart from 16 new bills, 21 bills are pending in Lok Sabha, while 42 bills are pending in Rajya Sabha, many of which would be considered for passing during the session.

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. He said, GST shows the good that can be achieved when all parties come together and work for the nation.

"Fear is being spread in the minority community".

He said the Congress "is not in favour of stalling the proceedings of Parliament, but we are forced to do so when the government does not agree to our genuine demands".

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

Issues like the flood situation particularly in Assam and other northeastern states, violence over Gorkhaland, fallout of demonetisation, job losses and disinvestment of PSUs are also likely to be raised.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also called for a meeting of leaders of political parties at the Parliament later in the evening to ensure a smooth transaction of business in the House. It also paid homage to some of former members of the Houses.

Sources in the BJP said that the government will try to pass a dozen bills during the session, including the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, Whistle blowers' Protection Bill, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, Enemy Property (Amendment) Bill Consumer Protection Bill, and the Companies (Amendment) Bill. Voting for the new President will also take place today in which 776 Parliamentarians will vote.

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