Updates on the Presidential Elections and Monsoon Session

Posted July 18, 2017

Targeting the government on the Kashmir issue, he said the government "closed all doors for dialogue" on it which led to "political suffocation" in the Valley.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament will commence from Monday, the day voting for the presidential election is slated to take place.

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Meanwhile, Leaders of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government will meet in the evening to chalk out their strategy to counter the Opposition in Parliament.

The TMC and RJD are likely to raise the issue of vendetta politics and targetting of the opposition leaders through the Central Bureau of Investigation, Enforcement Directorate and other central agencies.

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.

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"The Congress will demand inclusion of petroleum, electricity and real estate in the GST", Surjewala said. The Congress said it stands with the government on matters of territorial integrity and national security.

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.

Before the session started, Narendra Modi addressed a media briefing from the Parliament.

The bills which are important from an economic perspective include the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017; the Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

"There are a lot of bills pending in the Parliament and even then, they are introducing so many bills".