Govt braces for stormy House session

PM Modi was among the first to vote in Parliament for the presidential election

Ahead of Parliament's monsoon session that begins on Monday, the Congress on Sunday said it would seek answers from the government over an ongoing border stand-off with China, the worsening situation in Kashmir and mob lynching incidents in the name of cow.

The dastardly Amarnath terror attack was strongly condemned by the Lok Sabha MPs.

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

"Every issue that affects national security and national interest is a matter of concern for each one of the 125 crore Indians".

Azad said the Congress was not in favour of stalling the proceedings of the house but asked the government to come forward and allow the issues for discussion.

BJP leaders have said they would take on the opposition over these issues claiming that the government's track record has been better than the UPA in terms of economy and agriculture growth.

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Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that apart from 16 new bills, 21 bills are pending in Lok Sabha, while 42 bills are pending in Rajya Sabha, many of which would be considered for passing during the session.

"Fear is being spread in the minority community". The session is also likely to witness heated debates on other key issues like the fallout of the GST, the agrarian crisis and the policy towards Pakistan.

Both the meetings will be held in the Parliament Library building. Targeting the government on the Kashmir issue, he said the government "closed all doors for dialogue" on it which led to "political suffocation" in the Valley.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari read the obituary references to sitting and former members of the house and described their losses as irreparable.

The bills which are important from an economic perspective include the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The Prime Minister also called on all the parties to support the war against corruption, which has been initiated by the government.

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