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Parliament assembles for monsoon session; adjourned after obituary reference
18 July 2017, 12:07 | Nichole Osborne
He also bowed to the farmers whose hardwork during the monsoon season help in ensuring food security for the nation. Image courtesy ANI
As soon as the Lok Sabha met, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read the condolence message over the death of sitting MP Vinod Khanna and some former members of the House. The Vice-President also condemns the killing of Amarnath pilgrims in a terrorist attack. The Opposition parties are expected to raise some questions, though they may not be very aggressive in their strategy on the issue.
Post GST implementation, monsoon session will have many more agendas to achieve by resolving various issues along with bills passage.
In an address to party leaders of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked all political parties to support the government in conducting business in both Houses of the Parliament without disruption and in constructive discussion on issues of national importance.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day after obituary references soon after the monsoon session of Parliament began on Monday.
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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". Just before the House assembled for the first day of the Monsoon session, the Prime Minister with his senior Cabinet colleagues was seen walking up to Opposition benches and exchanged pleasantries with Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and other MPs. "It is a matter of country's security and we will raise it in Parliament", Azad told reporters after an all-party meeting convened by the government at Parliament Library building.
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