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Opposition gears up to corner Modi govt in Monsoon session; all-party meet today

New Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Nadu have called all party meetings on Monday to ensure smooth running of Parliament during the Monsoon session, which is scheduled to begin from Tuesday.

Opposition gears up to corner Modi govt in Monsoon session; all-party meet today

The Monsoon session of Parliament is due to be stormy, as the Congress, including many other opposition parties are gearing up to take on the government over various issues including Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi controversy.

The meeting, called on the eve of monsoon session is aimed at to work out the strategy to ensure a smooth functioning of the Parliament.

Besides pressing for removal of Union ministers Sushma Swaraj and Smriti Irani, Opposition parties have indicated that they would raise the issue of scams and controversies allegedly involving BJP chief ministers — Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh, Vasundhara Raje of Rajasthan and Raman Singh of Chhattisgarh — and demand their resignations.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for the maiden meet of all NDA constituents today to chalk out a strategy to aggressively take on the opponents.

Sensing the opposition heat awaiting his government in Parliament, Modi had acknowledged on Friday that there will be a muqabla (contest).

Bracing for the opposition onslaught in Parliament, government and the ruling BJP decided to aggressively counter the attack on its leaders like Swaraj, Raje and Chouhan and rake up controversies that involved some Congress leaders.

BJP president Amit Shah held strategy meetings with various party colleagues, including Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Swaraj, Smriti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad and Piyush Goyal as well as party spokespersons during which Raje was also present.

Subsequently, Shah, along with Jaitley and other senior leaders and union ministers like Rajnath Singh and Naidu met PM Modi to fine-tune the strategy.

The government’s floor managers conceded Monsoon Session could be stormy. In the last Lok Sabha, an entire session was washed out over the Opposition’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee in the 2G scam.

While the BJP-led NDA commands an absolute majority in Lok Sabha, it lacks numbers in the Upper House where Congress is the largest party and holds key to the passage of the crucial legislations, including GST and land bill.

Senior NDA ministers had on Thursday held a meeting to chalk out the strategy for pushing the government’s legislative business in view of the Opposition parties closing ranks on various issues.

The government has finalised 35 items of business for the monsoon session, which included nine bills pending in Rajya Sabha and four pending in Lok Sabha, besides introduction of 11 new bills.

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