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.
In this Monsoon Session of Parliament, at least 16 bills are listed for introduction in both houses. 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. Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad 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.
Opposition parties also chose to meet at least once a month to coordinate their efforts to corner the government.
Further commenting on the issue of China, Kumar said that the political parties have already been briefed about the situation of China and India stands united on this issue.
Congress strategists say the government has still to answer why its ties with the neighbours have slumped when the Prime Minister was so focused on foreign policy.
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Intelligence agencies at Mumbai global airport pulled him aside for questioning after a lookout notice was issued against Salim. Khan is accused of sourcing AK-47s used in the attack from Kashmir and storing them in his house in Fatehpur.
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.
Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said in advance that GST roll-out will be raised during the session since the law in its present form is not the law that was originally drafted by his party, the Congress said on Sunday. Trinamool Congress is also expected to talk about the protests in Darjeeling that is led by BJP ally GJM.
The increased opposition synergy comes at a time when 18 parties have come together under one platform to pin the government on some key issues.
Seeking to build a firewall for the government from the expected opposition attacks in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made it clear that states should act tough against those violating law in the name of cow protection and insisted that the issue should not be given political and communal colour. The outcome of the tensions in Bihar between the RJD and the JD-U can also have a major impact on future Opposition politics, they added.
The government meanwhile has a series of legislations to be passed in Parliament.