The Lok Sabha’s monsoon session, which began on Monday,is expected to be a stormy one as the Opposition is likely to raise the issue of China, the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir and Darjeeling, impact of Goods and Service Tax (GST) and other issues. The house adjourned for the day after paying homage to former members who had passed away and victims of the Amarnath terror attack.
The government will introduce 16 new Bills in this session. Thirty four Bills are on the agenda of the government for the Monsoon Session. Among the new Bills that are to be introduced are the Consumer Protection Bill and two bills to implement the GST in Jammu and Kashmir. There are eight Bills pending in the Lok Sabha while ten in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passing.
Ahead of the Monsoon Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the leaders of parties of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha in the national capital and said it is important that all political parties support the government to conduct business in both Houses of the Parliament without disruption and with constructive discussions on issues of national importance. PM Modi hoped the “growing stronger together” spirit of the GST will bring enthusiasm to Parliament proceedings and that political parties would engage in high standard of debate and provide value addition during the Monsoon session.
Terming the start of the session as very significant, Modi noted that this session has an opportunity to elect a new president and a vice-president for the country, which will complete seven decades of its Independence on August 15. “Today the Monsoon session begins. After summer, the advent of rain brings in a fresh pleasant smell in the soil. Similarly, the Monsoon session will bring in a new spirit after the successful implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST),” he hoped.
The prime minister said the passage of the GST showed the good that can be achieved when all political parties, all governments come together and work for the nation. Modi said whenever political parties and government take decisions keeping in mind national interest, it shows their commitment towards the larger public good. “It has been proved successfully with the implementation of GST. The GST spirit is about growing stronger together. I hope the same GST spirit prevails in this session,” he said.
The Opposition Congress said it would take on the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in both the Houses on numerous issues. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the Opposition has listed out the issues to be raised in the Parliament.
Conversely, the BJP hoped for smooth conduct of the session. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government is ready to hold discussions on all the issues raised by the Opposition. “We want the monsoon session to be successful, constructive and fruitful. Whatever issues the Opposition wants to discuss we are ready for it. We had an elaborate discussion on the same in the all-party meeting,” Naqvi said.
The Monsoon Session of Parliament will continue till August 11.