The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Monday after giving obituary to former members and victims of the Amarnath terror attack. The session is slated to conclude on August 11.
The Monsoon session of Parliament began today.
Eighteen Opposition parties, which have joined hands to put up candidates in the Presidential and Vice-Presidential elections against the ruling National Democratic Alliance's (NDA) nominees, are expected to raise the military stand-off with China, though in a restrained manner, the law and order situation in Kashmir in the wake of the recent terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims, incidents of lynching over beef controversy and suicide of farmers in some states.
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. Farooq Abdullah and P. Kunhalikutty are sworn in as members of parliament.
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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.
The Rajya Sabha also paid tributes to its sitting members Anil Madhav Dave and P Govardhan Reddy who passed away recently. The GST spirit is about growing stronger together.
A beaming and pepped up Mr Modi later mingled freely with Opposition leaders in Lok Sabha.
He also observed that the differences with China over Kashmir had become a new focal point and the opposition parties would also seek a debate on the stand-off in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction. "As a responsible and principled Opposition party, we shall be raising all these issues and many more", Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday held an informal meeting of the Opposition leaders to firm up the issues to be raised during the session.
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