17 July, New Delhi
Government convened an All Party Meeting Sunday to seek support of Opposition parties in the passage of pending legislations during the Monsoon session of Parliament beginning tomorrow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Ananth Kumar, and Congress MPs Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma were among those who attended the meet.
NCP leaders Tariq Anwar and D P Tripathi, Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal and BSP MP Satish Mishra were also present.
Meanwhile, Political parties have assured Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to extend full cooperation in smooth functioning of Parliament.
The assurance came during the meeting of the political parties in the Lok Sabha convened by Ms Mahajan in New Delhi Sunday evening.
Talking to reporters after the meeting, Ms Mahajan said the parties expressed their views for discussions on various issues including terrorism, situation in Jammu and Kashmir and price rise.
During the meeting, leaders of the various parties including Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Sudip Bandyopadhyay of TrinaMool Congress, Bhartruhari Mahtab of Biju Janata Dal, P Karunakaran of CPI(M), Tariq Anwar of Nationalist Congress Party were present.
Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar also attending the meeting.
Later, the Speaker hosted a dinner to the leaders in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi also joined.
AIR correspondent reports, the Monsoon session of Parliament is expected to be stormy, with the Opposition ready to corner the government on political developments in Arunachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir situation, foreign policy issues, and agrarian distress.
However, government is hopeful of passing the Goods and Services Tax Bill, which is stuck in Rajya Sabha.
Among the other important pending legislations in Rajya Sabha are Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, The Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, and The Enemy Property Bill, which the government will wish to push through in this session. These Bills have already been passed by Lok Sabha.
Important Bills pending in the Lower House include the Consumer Protection Bill and the Benami Transactions Amendment Bill.
The government is not leaving any stone unturned to forge consensus on controversial issues, and it is to be seen how much fruit government’s efforts bear.