Monsoon Session: Oppn ready to corner govt

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day after obituary references soon after the monsoon session of Parliament began on Monday.

Azad said security situation was at its "worst" in Kashmir where the government has closed all the doors for talks to end the current logjam.

The issue of lynching and cow vigilantism will appear prominently in the opposition attack on the government.

He said the Congress "is not in favour of stalling the proceedings of Parliament, but we are forced to do so when the government does not agree to our genuine demands".

Apart from these issues, the CPM has requested to resolve the matter of China and that of Jammu and Kashmir.

Yechury said this after he emerged out of the all-party meeting called by the NDA, ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

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In an attempt to convince Opposition parties on the stand-off with China, the government on Friday and Saturday briefed their leaders and assured them the issue will be resolved diplomatically. Issues like the flood situation in Assam and other northeastern states, violence over Gorkhaland, fallout of demonetisation and disinvestment of PSUs may also be raised.

The increased opposition synergy comes at a time when 18 parties have come together under one platform to pin the government on some key issues.

Amid the much-awaited presidential election, Monsoon session of Parliament begins on Monday. However, on the issues of corruption and the raids on the leaders of Opposition parties, the fracture among the Opposition parties may appear. RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members are being named in the chargesheet in an alleged corruption case.

"I want this Parliament session to be fruitful".

The bills which are important from an economic perspective include the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

The Rajya Sabha also paid tributes to its sitting members Anil Madhav Dave and P Govardhan Reddy who passed away recently.

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