Parliament monsoon session 2017: Opposition to corner Centre on China standoff, Kashmir

18 Bills listed for passage in Parliament during Monsoon session

The monsoon session of Parliament will start from Monday and will continue till 11th of next month.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament comes in the wake of a rare unity displayed by the Opposition in selecting candidates for the President and Vice President elections respectively.

The House may not function on the first day of the session on account of death of two sitting MPs-Lok Sabha member Vinod Khanna and Rajya Sabha member Pallavi Reddy.

The Congress is also contemplating to unite all Opposition parties to raise the GST issue in both the Houses of Parliament to pressurise the government to immediately sit with representatives of industries and businesses and remove their grievances instead of mounting a media campaign to justify the new tax regime.

Observing that differences with China over Kashmir was a new focal point, the Congress today said it would seek a debate in Parliament on the issue, while asserting that the party stood with the government on matters of territorial integrity and national security.

Prime Minister Modi also expressed deep concern for the floods in North Eastern States of India and assured all leaders that the Government is fully informed on the situation on the ground and taking all steps to reduce the suffering of people.

Congress strategists say the government has still to answer why its ties with the neighbours have slumped when the Prime Minister was so focused on foreign policy.

He said that the Centre is ready to hold discussions on all issues which can be raised by the Opposition in the Parliament as per the law.

The Trinamool Congress is reportedly attending that meeting.

The issue could also see a division in the opposition ranks as the Left and the JD (U) are unlikely to rush to defend the TMC and the RJD respectively on the matter of corruption.

The government, on its part, is seeking the cooperation of Opposition in getting key bills passed.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said 21 bills were pending in the Lok Sabha and 42 in the Rajya Sabha. He said the political class should join hands against those who seek an escape route by dubbing action against them in graft cases as a political conspiracy.

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