Govt calls all-party meeting ahead of Parliament Session

Posted July 18, 2017

Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said the government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, to cooperate for the smooth functioning of the House.

Yechury said this after he emerged out of the all-party meeting called by the NDA, ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament. "These are some of the issues we have flagged off in this meeting", he said.

On its first day of the monsoon session, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty took oath as members of Lok Sabha.

"There are a lot of bills pending in the Parliament and even then, they are introducing so many bills". Issues like the flood situation in Assam and other northeastern states, violence over Gorkhaland, fallout of demonetisation and disinvestment of PSUs may also be raised. The government's agenda for the session includes tabling of 34 bills. The parties came together on the presidential and vice-presidential election, but are keen to take the unity further in raising issues in Parliament. It also paid homage to some of former members of the Houses.

Leaders of the NDA government will meet in the evening to chalk out their strategy to counter the Opposition in Parliament.

The Government has convened the meeting at 11 AM while Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has invited the leaders at another meeting at 7 PM.

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.

A united opposition is all set to raise the heat on the government over other key issues like the action of law enforcement agencies against some opposition leaders over corruption, fallout of the goods and services tax (GST), the agrarian crisis and the policy towards Pakistan.