Friday, 17 August, 2018

Oppn to attack Modi govt on lynchings, China border standoff

Melinda Barton | 18 July, 2017, 08:04

Stormy debates on cow vigilantism, farmers' protests, the Kashmir unrest, corruption charges against opposition leaders and India's stand-off with China are expected to dominate the discourse of the Parliament in the Monsoon Session that begins today.

Targeting the government on the Kashmir issue, he said the government "closed all doors for dialogue" on it which led to "political suffocation" in the Valley.

Sixteen Bills are listed for introduction, consideration and passing, these include drafts like the National Sports University Bill, 2017, the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FDRI) Bill, 2017.

In an address to party leaders of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked all political parties to support the government in conducting business in both Houses of the Parliament without disruption and in constructive discussion on issues of national importance.

Azad said the Congress has conveyed to the government that there are some sensitive issues related to the internal and external security that needed to be discussed during the Parliament session.

He added that State Governments must ensure the maintenance of law and order and strict action must be taken against those who break the law.

He said former finance minister P Chidambaram had already said that the GST roll-out will be raised during the session in view of the fact that the law in its present form was not the law that was originally drafted by the Congress party. Quit India Movement turns 75 years on August 9, 2017.

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.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also called an all party meeting in the evening.

"If the government thinks that elimination and guns are the only ways to curb tension in Kashmir, we are not with them", he told reporters after an all-party meeting a day before Parliament opens for the monsoon session.