Meetings on eve of Monsoon Session in Parliament

Meanwhile, leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government met in the evening to chalk out their strategy to counter the Opposition in Parliament.

Mrs Mahajan condemned the terror attack on Amarnath Yatri and expressed grief over the deaths in the attack.

The Congress party today said differences with China over Kashmir were a new focal point, and the party will seek a debate in parliament on the issue.

"Every issue that affects national security and national interest is a matter of concern for each one of the 125 crore Indians". Tom Vaddakan of Congress said, his party is ready for fruitful contribution in the session. He said, GST shows the good that can be achieved when all parties come together and work for the nation.

"The Congress will demand inclusion of petroleum, electricity and real estate in the GST", Surjewala said. Apart from this, the Centre will also introduce 16 new bills in both the houses of the Parliament for consideration and passing.

"We will also raise the issues related to mob lynching, agrarian crisis in view of farmer suicides". "In the name of saviour of cow, the government has become the devourer (Rakshak ke naam par ye sarkar bhakshak ban gayee hai)", Salim said.

The leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha said, "Pakistan would earlier figure in discussions on Kashmir, but now China is mentioned without fail". The members of the upper house remembered parliamentarians, including sitting members Anil Madhav Dave of the BJP and Palvai Govardhan Reddy of the Congress, who passed away in the past few months.

If parties like Mamata Banerjee-led TMC and Lalu Prasad- led RJD attack the government over the action of law enforcement agencies such as the CBI and the ED against their leaders over alleged corruption, the treasury benches too would use the issue to underline their anti-corruption credentials. It also paid homage to some of former members of the Houses.

The Prime Minister also called on all the party to support the war against corruption, which has been initiated by the government.

"This is impossible, unless the government plans to pass all these bills and grants in the din minus any discussion".

  • Delores Daniels