Monsoon session 2017 begins today, here is the agenda

During the Monsoon session Oppn to corner govt on GST, farm suicides

Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, said the situation on the border with China in the Sikkim sector is very tense even as he blamed Beijing for the boundary stand-off.

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

He also observed that the differences with China over Kashmir had become a new focal point and the opposition parties would also seek a debate on the stand-off in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction.

"The Congress will demand inclusion of petroleum, electricity and real estate in the GST", Surjewala said.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Sunday held an informal meeting of the Opposition leaders to firm up the issues to be raised during the session.

The TMC and RJD are likely to raise the issue of vendetta politics and targetting of the Opposition leaders through the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and other central agencies. Speculations are rife that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) might come up with a name for Vice-Presidential nominee in the evening.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari read the obituary references to sitting and former members of the house and described their losses as irreparable.

The Prime Minister also called on all the parties to support the war against corruption, which has been initiated by the government.

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.

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday said that all political parties have given assurance for a peaceful and constructive Monsoon Session beginning tomorrow.

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