PM Modi walks up to opposition in Parliament, Greets Sonia Gandhi, Others

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The Monsoon session of the Parliament is to begin from today.

"This is impossible, unless the government plans to pass all these bills and grants in the din minus any discussion".

Spread over 26 days, the session will have 19 sittings and the government has lined up heavy legislative agenda.

"All these steps should be taken up, apart from the distress of the people due to national disasters, like the floods in Assam".

"If the opposition demands a 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 told PTI.

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.

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"People are trying to give it a political and communal colour, but it is not in favour of the country", he added. "As a responsible and principled Opposition party, we shall be raising all these issues and many more", Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said.

The Prime Minister has this morning thanked all parties for helping launch the mega reform Goods and Services Tax or GST, saying GST also stands for "Growing Strong Together". Before the rollout of GST on July 1, Opposition parties had protested claiming that the nation was not ready for GST.

Two Rajya Sabha MPs - former Union minister for Environment and Forest Anil Madhav Dave and Congress member Palvai Govardhan Reddy - died during the interregnum period after the budget session.

Meanwhile, Leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government will meet in the evening to chalk out their strategy to counter the Opposition in Parliament.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday said all parties have assured that the monsoon session will proceed without any ruckus or uproar.