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Monsoon session likely to be stormy


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.

The 19-day Session is expected to be stormy with the Opposition likely to corner the government over key issues including the stand-off with China in Doklam, the killing of Hindu pilgrims in the terrorist attack in Amarnath, farmer suicides in Madhya Pradesh, the roll-out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), and the communal violence in West Bengal.

Official proceeding of the Lok Sabha begins immediately after the newly elected MPs take oath. The members also mourn the death of Amarnath terror attack victims.

Meanwhile, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday called an All Party Meeting on Sunday.

17 July 2017, the day marks the beginning of two important events, the Presidential Polls and beginning of the Monsoon Session.

In an attempt to convince Opposition parties on the stand-off with China, the government on Friday and Saturday briefed their leaders and assured them the issue will be resolved diplomatically.

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.

Azad said security situation was at its "worst" in Kashmir where the government has closed all the doors for talks to end the current logjam. So far 18 parties have come together under one platform to pin the government on some key issues. Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said the Opposition "will seek answers from the government on what they are doing to check rising incidents of cow vigilantism and lynchings in the country that pose grave danger to the social harmony".

The issue could also see a division in the opposition ranks as the Left and the JD (U) are unlikely to rush to defend the TMC and the RJD respectively on the matter of corruption. "If they demand discussion on some current issues, we will discuss the same in the business advisory committee and the chairman will decide the time and date of discussion", Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

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