Monsoon session of Parliament begins today, Oppn plan to raise multiple issues

New Delhi: The Union government has prepared a big legislative agenda for the Monsoon Session of Parliament which will begin today, while the Opposition plans to corner the government on issues ranging from its handling of Covid-19 second wave, rising fuel prices and the farmers’ protest.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday assured political parties ahead of the monsoon session of Parliament that the government is ready to discuss all issues.

Meanwhile, Opposition parties on Sunday objected to the government’s offer for a joint address to all MPs by the Prime Minister on Covid at the Parliament annexe, saying this will be ‘highly irregular’ at a time when Parliament will be in session and it aims to ‘bypass’ norms.

The government has listed 17 new bills for introduction in the session. Apart from the new bills, the legislations to be introduced in Lok Sabha include three bills to replace existing ordinances.

In an all-party meeting on Sunday, a day before the Monsoon Session of Parliament begins, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address MPs of both the Houses — Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha — on 20 July and speak on the pandemic.

 

NT Bureau