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New Delhi: In a fresh appeal to the opposition before the start of the monsoon session on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the opposition to avoid disruptions, while welcoming debates and discussions.

“The Parliament guides the nation. Let’s observe high standards of debate and discussions and hope important decisions are made," said Modi, while addressing the media before the start of the session.

The Prime Minister said that he had been in touch with all parties over the past few days, and that they should ensure a good discussion in Parliament.

“I have spoken to all parties over the past days and everyone is in the mood to further development," he said.

To be sure, the government and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan had called two separate all-party meetings on Sunday, both of which were attended by the Prime Minister. Modi had urged the gathering to pass the Constitutional amendment bill for the goods and services tax (GST), and thanked political parties for their statements on the events in Kashmir which “benefitted the country".

The meeting called by the government was attended by 45 leaders from 30 different political parties, including home minister Rajnath Singh and finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The monsoon session will continue from 18 July till 12 August and will have a total of 20 sittings over a duration of 26 days.

The bills that are listed to be taken up for discussion and passage in the Lok Sabha are the Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, which will replace an ordinance, and the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016, which will also replace an ordinance.

Apart from this, the Indian Trust (Amendment) Bill, the Enforcement of Security Interest and Recovery of Debts Laws and Miscellaneous Provisions (Amendment) Bill, 2016 are also listed to be taken up for discussion on the first day of Parliament.

Among the bills that will be taken up in Rajya Sabha during this session are Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015, the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016, the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016, GST bill and the Enemy Property (Amendment & Validation) Bill, 2016.

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