Monsoon session 2017 begins today, here is the agenda

Danny Woods
July 17, 2017

The first day of the Parliament monsoon session is expected to begin on a stormy note as the Opposition will attempt to put the Centre on the back foot over the Doklam standoff with China and the security situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

"Cow vigilantism should not be given political or communal colour as the nation doesn't benefit from it", Kumar quoted Modi as saying in the all-party meeting.

The Monsoon session of Parliament will begin from July 17 and continue till August 11.

There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through constructive discussions in both the Houses, the official release said. "But we have to understand that there are laws governing cow protection and breaking these is not an alternative". Azad made it clear today that the opposition parties would seek a debate on the stand-off in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction.

Economic issues, especially alleged lack of jobs, are also likely to be taken up by the opposition parties to corner the government.

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"They (cow vigilantes) must be vigorously opposed and action taken to restore faith of all Indians in our Constitution", he said.

Later, Mr. Ananth Kumar told the media that on the issue of Kashmir and China, all parties said they were with the government.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said the situation on the border with China in the Sikkim sector is very tense even as he blamed Beijing for the boundary stand-off. "We will raise the issues of increasing incidents of crime against women, textile workers strike after the rolling out of GST, flood condition in Assam and Darjeeling unrest", he said.

PM Modi, ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament, said: "I hope the Monsoon Session will see constructive discussions keeping in mind the value of time, resources and honour of the Parliament". The meeting will take place at the Parliament library building.

He wanted parties to unite against those people who cried political vendetta when the law was taking its own course. They (Opposition) should raise their doubts and queries in the House and seek a reply from the government.

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