New Delhi, July 18: Monsoon session of the Parliament will begin today. Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan expressed hope that Parliament would function smoothly without any adjournment, however Congress led Opposition is all set to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi led government over a range of issues including Kashmir violence, Centre’s role in removing elected governments in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and Kairana exodus.
PM Narendra Modi on Sunday reached out to Opposition and sought its cooperation in the passage of GST bill. Noting that important Bills including the GST will be taken up during the session, Modi expressed the hope that there would be meaningful discussions and outcomes. “The issue is not about which government would get the credit for introduction of GST but what was important is the passage of the Bill,” PM said. (ALSO READ: First day of monsoon session likely to be adjourned)
At all-party meeting called by new parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar, Opposition parties stressed on a discussion on the Kashmir issue and on the role of Governors against the backdrop of Arunachal Pradesh political crisis. Senior Congress leader and the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said there should be a discussion in Parliament on the tense situation in Kashmir and that Government should provide an answer.
Besides the GST, another key legislation pending passage is the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which was moved in December last year but the discussion on it had remained inconclusive. In the Budget Session this year, this bill could not be taken up for debate. In the Lok Sabha, important pending bills include the Consumer Protection Bill 2015 and the Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015.