Friday, 17 November, 2017

Monsoon session likely to be stormy

He also bowed to the farmers whose hardwork during the monsoon season help in ensuring food security for the nation. Image courtesy ANI He also bowed to the farmers whose hardwork during the monsoon season help in ensuring food security for the nation. Image courtesy ANI
Melinda Barton | 18 July, 2017, 06:22

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.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has recommended holding the session from July 17 to August 11.

However, the opposition parties have made it clear that they plan to target the government over the China issue during the session.

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. "As per the rule, we will hold discussion on the demands of the Opposition", he said.

With the Monsoon Session of Parliament set to begin on Monday, Opposition parties are planning to corner the government on issues including the ill-effects of demonetisaion, GST, farmers' suicides and mob-lynching.

The prime minister also said it would have been good had a consensus been reached on the presidential candidate ahead of the presidential poll.

Even as three top Union Ministers - Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj - on Friday briefed the Opposition, including the Congress, on the standoff with China and situation in Kashmir post-Amarnath pilgrims attack, the Opposition is in no mood to let the government to off the hook.

Tuesday's meeting was attended by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Trinamul Congress leader Derek O'Brien, JD (U)'s Sharad Yadav, NCP's Praful Patel, CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, Samajawadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal, BSP's Satish Mishra as also leaders from 10 other parties.

The Opposition was informed about the situation on the ground in Doklam and what the government meant to do to de-escalate the tension in the disputed area.

Apart from these issues, the CPM has requested to resolve the matter of China and that of Jammu and Kashmir.

The government has closed all doors for dialogue on Kashmir "which has led to political suffocation in the Valley", senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.