Updates on the Presidential Elections and Monsoon Session

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

The month-long Monsoon session of Parliament began on Monday. Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said the Opposition "will seek answers from the government on what they are doing to check rising incidents of cow vigilantism and lynchings in the country that pose grave danger to the social harmony".

Prime Minister Modi further urged all parties to extend their support to the government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of cow protection.

Azad said the Congress has conveyed to the government that there are some sensitive issues related to the internal and external security that needed to be discussed during the Parliament session.

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Similarly, the session is likely to be stormy with Opposition raising issues like non-cooperation between Centre and State governments. It assured them the issue will be resolved diplomatically. We will also ensure good coordination and communication with the opposition to help get legislative business passed during the session.

The issue could also see a division in the opposition ranks as the Left and the JD (U) are unlikely to rush to defend the TMC and the RJD respectively on the matter of corruption. A total of 18 bills has been listed for passage in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also attended the meet which was boycotted by the Trinamool Congress.

Other crucial legislations include the labour code bill, the extension of GST in Jammu and Kashmir bill, the banking resolution bill and 'The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2017.

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