Meetings on eve of Parliament session

Meetings on eve of Parliament session

Meetings on eve of Parliament session

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.

Both the meetings will be held in the Parliament Library building. Two Rajya Sabha members - former Union minister Anil Madhav Dave and Congress member Palvai Govardhan Reddy - died during the interregnum period after the budget session while sitting Gurdaspur Lok Sabha member Vinod Khanna also died during that period.

The leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said that earlier "Pakistan would figure in discussions on Kashmir, but now China is mentioned without fail".

The Congress had said that it would seek answers from the government over an ongoing border stand-off with China, the worsening situation in Kashmir and mob lynching incidents in the name of cow.

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The government has closed all doors for dialogue on Kashmir "which has led to political suffocation in the Valley", senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

The Opposition was informed about the situation on the ground in Doklam and what the government meant to do to de-escalate the tension in the disputed area.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi may also hold on Sunday an informal meeting of the opposition leaders to firm up the issues to be raised during the session.

Although the Opposition received a jolt with Nitish Kumar supporting the BJP's Presidential candidate, many leaders believed that this session will be a test for their unity.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to attend the meeting on Sunday, reports said.

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