Oppn all set to corner govt on Kashmir, GST

Oppn all set to corner govt on Kashmir, GST

NEW DELHI, (DHNS): Battle lines have been drawn for Parliament’s Monsoon Session beginning on Monday, with opposition set to corner the Modi government over an array of issues.

During an all-party meeting convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar on Sunday, opposition leaders said besides the turmoil in the Kashmir Valley and imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, they want a debate on India’s failure to get membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) and price rise, among other issues. They said the government is “answerable” to Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who joined the leaders for lunch, thanked all political parties for their support on the Kashmir issue and said he looked forward to “meaningful discussions and outcomes” during the four-week session, between July 18 and August 12.

The government has listed 16 bills for passage in this session. These include the Constitution (122nd Amendment) or GST Bill, two bills to replace ordinances promulgated for NEET exams, the Human DNA Profiling Bill, amendments to the recovery of debt laws, the Whistleblowers’ Protection Bill and a legislation seeking to change the names of high courts.

Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad assured that the opposition would not block the legislative agenda of the government and will support it on “merit”.

Azad, however, flagged concerns raised by non-BJP governments at the Inter-State Council meeting on Saturday, particularly on the role of governors in ‘destabilising’ state governments. “There is a lack of trust between the Centre and states. How can you proceed in this context,” he asked.

“We want a discussion on the foreign policy failures, including the NSG membership bid. We want answers from the prime minister,” Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal told reporters. The SP’s views were echoed by the Left parties.

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