The Monsoon Session of Parliament, beginning Monday, will see the Opposition take on the BJP-led NDA government on a host of issues including the on-going protests in Kashmir.
At an all-party meeting called on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped for meaningful discussions saying important Bills, including the GST, will be taken up during the Monsoon session.
“GST is of national importance. Issue is not which government gets credit. Important Bills, including GST, will be taken up in the monsoon session and I hope there will be meaningful discussions and outcomes. All of us represent both the people and parties and let us keep national interests above everything else,” Prime Minister Modi said.
1.05 pm: Congress has spoken to Jaitley on GST
Outside Parliament, Congress MP P Chidambaram told reporters that Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma have held talks with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, and that Jaitley has promised to come back with some concrete proposals. “Let us see the draft which they bring, and we will respond,” Chidambaram said.
1.00 pm: Kashmir violence to be discussed in House
Rajya Sabha is likely to discuss the on-going violence in Kashmir. The Congress Party issued notice in the House and the discussion could come up at 2 pm. The House has been adjourned to meet again at 2 pm.
12.15 pm: Question Hour underway
Proceedings in the House have resumed and Question Hour is currently underway.
12.00 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12.13 pm. The Business Advisory Committee of Parliament will meet at 1 pm.
11.55 am: “Pehle meri baat toh suniye. Kamaal hai”
BSP leader Mayawati raised incidents of violence and atrocities against the Dalit community in Gujarat saying the BJP government has ignored the poor. She was soon interjected by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu who said ‘everybody knows PM Modi is the saviour of the poor’.
While Chairman Hamid Ansari repeatedly attempted to stop Mayawati as her time was over, she refused to heed and continued speaking.