Monsoon session of Parliament likely to begin on 12 July
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New Delhi: The month-long monsoon session of Parliament, which will feature the election of a successor to President Pranab Mukherjee, is likely to begin on 12 July and conclude on 11 August.
Demands for farm loan waivers across states and the contentious ban on cattle slaughter at animal markets could be among the issues that pit the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) against opposition parties.
Both the NDA and the opposition are bracing for the 17 July Presidential election, with neither having suggested any potential candidates. Opposition parties led by the Congress are readying to field a candidate against the NDA’s nominee.
According to a news report by PTI, one of the proposals before the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs (CCPA) is for the session to begin on 12 July and conclude on 11 August. A final call on the dates will be taken after 20 June, it said.
The upcoming monsoon session will be the first big test of unity for the opposition, which has renewed its attempts to close ranks against the NDA, both inside and outside Parliament.
“Just as we see NDA in Parliament, especially in the Lok Sabha where it has a majority, a loosely formed alliance of former UPA (United Progressive Alliance) constituents would be visible in the monsoon session. We have already discussed floor management among opposition parties. It is time to take the decision further and corner the government in both the Houses,” said a senior Janata Dal (United) leader on condition of anonymity.
It will also be the first Parliament session after the scheduled roll-out of the goods and services tax (GST) on 1 July. The impact of GST is likely to be discussed in both the Houses.