Published: Mon, July 17, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

PM urges opposition to shun corrupt politicians

PM urges opposition to shun corrupt politicians

"All political parties should condemn strongly this goondaism in the name of cow protection". He also observed that the differences with China over Kashmir had become a new focal point.

According to Yechury, this is probably the shortest Monsoon Session in India's parliamentary history - it starts on July 17 and ends on August 11.

The Prime Minister also urged the political leaders to help carry forward the investigation against corrupt politicians.

Meanwhile, with Presidential polls to be held on Monday, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi described the contest as a fight against 'narrow minded, divisive and communal vision.' The numbers may be against us, she said, "but this battle must be fought, and fought hard".

Modi also asked the opposition to support the government in conducting business in both the Houses "without disruption".

"We have raised our areas of concern and have also raised few issues on behalf of the entire Opposition".

"They (cow vigilantes) must be vigorously opposed and action taken to restore faith of all Indians in our Constitution", he said.

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said his party has already given a notice for discussion on the "alarming rise in incidents of lynching" by cow vigilantes. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha was quoted by ANI saying, "Will discuss security issues especially Kashmir".

The Opposition is likely to raise the issue of China, Jammu and Kashmir and Darjeeling unrest, impact of Goods and Service Tax (GST) and other issues.

A total of 18 Bills have been listed for passage in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, a research body, PRS Legislative Research said on Saturday.

Azad on Sunday said the government "closed all doors for dialogue" on it which led to "political suffocation" in the Valley.

Although the Opposition parties have so far backed the government stance on the issue, they might look to drum up popular sentiment of an armed "solution" to the impasse.

He said the Congress "is not in favour of stalling the proceedings of Parliament, but we are forced to do so when the government does not agree to our genuine demands".

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