Parliament monsoon session 2017: Opposition to corner Centre on China standoff, Kashmir

The Monsoon Session of Parliament will be held from July 17, 2017 to August 11, 2017. The session will see a total of 19 sittings and will cover Presidential and Vice-presidential elections. Apart from this, bills spread across various field like education, security, finance, labour, shipping and statistics are likely to be introduced and discussed.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 16, 2017 2:38 pm
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The first day of the Parliament monsoon session is expected to begin on a stormy note as the Opposition will attempt to put the Centre on the back foot over the Doklam standoff with China and the security situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

However, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are unlikely to transact any business tomorrow and adjourn till July 18 on the account of the death of its members: Vinod Khanna (Lok Sabha) and Anil Dave and P. Goverdhan Reddy (Rajya Sabha). On the same day, 776 members of the Parliament are scheduled to cast their vote to elect the country’s next President. The Vice-presidential elections are scheduled for August 5 according to the Election Commission of India.

The monsoon Session of Parliament, to be held from July 17, 2017 to August 11, 2017, will see a total of 19 sittings and will cover Presidential and Vice-presidential elections. Apart from this, bills involving a range of issues such as education, security, finance, labour, shipping and statistics are likely to be introduced and discussed.

The Opposition parties that include the Congress, CPI-M, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, BSP, Janata Dal-United, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and DMK among others, have already clarified that besides the elections of the President and Vice-President, they will have floor coordination in Parliament to corner the government. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha was quoted by ANI saying, “Will discuss security issues especially Kashmir. Also condition of farmers and gau rakshak incidents, China.”

According to PRS Legislative Research, a total of 18 bills have been listed for passage in the Parliament. Apart from this, 16 bills have been listed for introduction and passage in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Two bills are also listed for withdrawal in the Upper House.

Nine of the 18 bills, which includes The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the The Motor Vehicles (Amendment)Bill, 2016 have been passed by the Lok Sabha and are listed for passage by the Rajya Sabha. Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will debate and consider the passing of bills like the Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017 the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 according to a report in PTI. 

Few of the important bills that are likely to be introduced in the monsoon session include GST-related bills for Jammua and Kashmir, The Banking Regulation (Amendement) Ordinance, 2017 and The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Labour Code on Wages Bill, 2017 that will look after the minimum wages and The National Sports University Bill, 2017 which will enable the establishment of a National Sports University (NSU) in Manipur are also likely to be discussed in both the Houses.

The Participation of Workers in Management Bill, 1990 and The North-Eastern Council (Amendment) Bill, 2013 have been listed under Rajya Sabha for withdrawal.

(With inputs from IANS)

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    L bhadrapati Devi
    Jul 16, 2017 at 10:18 pm
    The opposition mainly Congress should clarify why Rahul met Chinese Ambassador. China national interest is expressed in party media and take the best decision at Chinese National interest. Our democracy in order to integrate all political parties take sub optimal strategy.
    1. a
      Jul 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm
      It is very easy to say that every body including opposition should unite on the matters and also speaking the comment of wage, threating and doubtful worlds for opposition. Although it is the duty and responsibility of opposition to criticize the wrong, loosing, lacking and planning actions are being performed by the rulers, so that the most correct and fruitfulness is being performed by the governments. There fore the oppositions words, things and way may be shall kept on record for the Nation.
      1. S
        Jul 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm
        National interest are never in the hearts of the Opposition Even in this case the Opposition only wants to "Corner" the Government rather that giving any useful suggestions and support in this hour of need . As regards the treacherous Communists , the lesser said the better. WHAT A SHAME
        1. R
          Jul 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm
          shameless oppsostion at the time nations should be united against china they want to play dirty politics hate these congress gandhis
          1. C
            Jul 16, 2017 at 4:11 pm
            When Hindus are fighting with each other. Muslim must focus on increasing Muslim ppulation. More ppulation means more power.
            1. R
              Jul 16, 2017 at 4:26 pm
              p a k I pork cutlet more muslims more killing muslims of eachother as happening in arab world muslims can nvere live in peace
            2. D
              Jul 16, 2017 at 3:55 pm
              Chines SPYs in parliament, They will join many Pakistani already some will have comision from both all led by Wise President of Corrupt Congress party Mia Raul-Gandhi-Khan g son of Firoz khan, nephew of U Abdulla, and cousin of Jinaa and son of Franco
              1. R
                Jul 16, 2017 at 3:21 pm
                These matters have been clarified to the opposition by calling a special meeting. There is nothing to hide for the government. Every thing is being done in the interest of the country. As such there is no problem in handling this.
                1. M
                  mao tse
                  Jul 16, 2017 at 2:03 pm
                  For the communists in India, China is their motherland and North Korea is their fatherland. Naturally they are unhappy with the way India is handling China's bulling tactics
                  1. D
                    Jul 16, 2017 at 3:57 pm
                    And representative in India is Raul Ghandi-Khan and distributed agents are Congressi, and Info transmitter NDTV and fake media
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