Parliament monsoon session Day 1 LIVE: No trust motion accepted in Lok Sabha, discussion on Friday
A day before the monsoon session of Parliament began, Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought the cooperation of all parties for a “productive monsoon session.” Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, Tuesday said the Opposition would flag issues “agitating” the people including lynchings by cow vigilantes, unemployment, failure of the Centre’s foreign policy, safety of women, misrule in J&K, dilution of the Atrocities Act by the Supreme Court and the dilution of reservations in autonomous institutions like IITs. The BJP, meanwhile, is likely to raise Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s reported statement that his party is a “Muslim party”.
Opposition leaders also wrote a letter to Lok Sabha MP Sumitra Mahajan expressing their displeasure at the government not only “bulldozing the House” to get the Budget 2018-19 “passed in din without any debate and discussion” but also “sneaking in most retrogressive and anti-democratic measures” into the Finance Bill. The letter also added that if the Parliament continues to function like the last session, it might prove lethal to the constitutional democracy.
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