New Delhi: In a shift from previous Parliament sessions, there have been no signs of acrimony between the government and the opposition parties or disruption during the first two days of the ongoing monsoon session. Part of the reason, leaders say, is that there have been no “pre-session political battles", particularly between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress. Instead, the government and the opposition parties met before the monsoon session on key issues.

It seems the two political rivals have agreed to distinguish between political tussle and legislative business. Parliamentary cooperation gains significance, given that the Congress and other opposition parties have accused the Union government of “toppling duly elected governments" in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh. While the government has agreed to discuss the issue, apart from the ongoing problem in Kashmir, opposition parties have agreed to pass key legislative business.

“We expected a smooth start to the session because there has been no pre-session acrimony like it was in the previous session. Hopefully, the government will agree to give us more time to raise key issues in Parliament. As far as bills are concerned, we have already said that they will be passed on merit," said a senior Congress leader, also a member of Rajya Sabha, requesting anonymity.

Almost all the key sessions in the past one-and-a-half years saw a series of disruptions, especially during the first few days of each session. From the National Herald case, Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh, the controversy surrounding foreign minister Sushma Swaraj and Lalit Modi as well as issues of farm distress, inflation and mishandling of student protests led to heated debates in Parliament.

“Parliament is a forum for dialogue, debate and legislate. Politicians have responsibility towards the people. It is a positive development that political parties have started the monsoon session on a good note. Dialogue and discussion will not only end communication gap between the two sides but it will also help both the houses to function better," said A.K. Verma, political science professor at Christ Church College, Kanpur.

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