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Monsoon session : Both houses adjourned till tomorrow, after obituary reference

New Delhi, July 17:  Both the houses of parliament adjourned till tomorrow after paying obituary to former members and victims of Amarnath terror attack on the first day of the monsoon session.

The monsoon session of commenced at 11 am, Lok Sabha presided over by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while the Rajya Sabha by Vice-President Hamid Ansari.

On the first day of session, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out obituaries for the deceased that included MP Vinod Khanna and Minister of State Anil Dave, following which the lawmakers observed the silence.

In the Lower House, Dr Farooq Abdullah (Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir) and PK Kunhalikutty (Malapuram, Kerala) took oath as new members of Parliament.

Ahead of monsoon session, Prime Minister Modi urged all the parties to make session fruitful, adding it will be filled with hope and aspiration.

The session which will continue till August 11 likely to be high voltage as opposition parties are expected to raise issues such as cow vigilantism,  farmers suicide, Kashmir unrest, Sikkim stand-off and the law and order situation in Kashmir in context to the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

Earlier, the opposition parties including the Congress, CPI-M, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, BSP, Janata Dal-United, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and DMK among others, have already clarified that besides the elections of the President and Vice President, they will have floor coordination in Parliament to corner the government.

India and China are witnessing cross border dispute in Sikkim’s  Doklam plateau since last month.

To brief opposition parties on the stand-off with China, the government on Friday held a meeting.

“Every issue that affects national security and national interest is a matter of concern for each one of the 125 crore Indians. As a responsible and principled Opposition party, we shall be raising all these issues and many more,” Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala told media.

The TMC and RJD are likely to voice the issue of vendetta politics and targetting of the Opposition leaders through the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and other central agencies.

To retaliate the opposition’s onslaught, the government is also gearing up.

The BJP Parliamentary Party Executive will meet on the eve of begining of the monsoon session that will be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He will also address NDA members of Parliament.

Yesterday, Parliament Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar also convened an all-party meeting to seek their support for smooth functioning of Parliament.

This monsoon session the government is expected to introduce some bills 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.

Wefornews Bureau

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