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Monsoon session of Parliament begins

Stressing the importance of the current monsoon session Narendra Modi said it will give an opportunity to elect the President and the vice-president of the country

Farmers' plight and situation in the Kashmir valley are two other issues on the Opposition's platter.

The stage is set for a stormy monsoon session of Parliament, beginning Monday, as the Opposition has geared up to corner the Narendra Modi government on a range of issues.

Meanwhile, the polling for the President election is underway at the Parliament and the various state Assemblies.

He also said opposition parties will seek a discussion on the India-China standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction.

"Every issue that affects national security and national interest is a matter of concern for each one of the 125 crore Indians". He said, GST shows the good that can be achieved when all parties come together and work for the nation. Tom Vaddakan of Congress said, his party is ready for fruitful contribution in the session. Apart from this, the Centre will also introduce 16 new bills in both the houses of the Parliament for consideration and passing.

"Fear is being spread in the minority community".

He said the CPI-M will also raise the issues of Kashmir situation, border tensions with China as well as Pakistan, and agrarian crisis.

The Trinamool Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal are likely to highlight the alleged targetting of Opposition leaders by central agencies like the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate. It also paid homage to some of former members of the Houses.

Sources in the BJP said that the government will try to pass a dozen Bills during the session, including the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, Whistle blowers' Protection Bill, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, Enemy Property (Amendment) Bill Consumer Protection Bill, and the Companies (Amendment) Bill.

The Congress is also contemplating to unite all Opposition parties to raise the GST issue in both the Houses of Parliament to pressurise the government to immediately sit with representatives of industries and businesses and remove their grievances instead of mounting a media campaign to justify the new tax regime.