Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, accused the Modi government of "closing all doors for dialogue" to resolve the Kashmir situation, which has led to "political suffocation" of the region.
Top Congress leaders today deliberated on a strategy for the Monsoon session of Parliament during which the party is likely to raise issues of lynching incidents and vigilantism, the Kashmir situation and the border stand-off with China. He said opposition parties will seek a discussion on the India-China standoff in Dokalam. Tom Vaddakan of Congress said, his party is ready for fruitful contribution in the session.
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. "In the name of saviour of cow, the government has become the devourer (Rakshak ke naam par ye sarkar bhakshak ban gayee hai)", Salim said. It also paid homage to some of former members of the Houses.
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". The members of the upper house remembered parliamentarians, including sitting members Anil Madhav Dave of the BJP and Palvai Govardhan Reddy of the Congress, who passed away in the past few months.
Sources in the BJP said that the government will try to pass a dozen Bills during the session, including the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, Whistle blowers' Protection Bill, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, Enemy Property (Amendment) Bill Consumer Protection Bill, and the Companies (Amendment) Bill.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also called an all party meeting in the evening.