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. The Monsoon Session of Parliament will continue till August 11.
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At an all-party meeting convened by the government on Sunday, Opposition leaders said they want to raise issues such as the border stand-off with China, agrarian distress, the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, increasing incidents of lynching and cow vigilantism and the "imperfect" implementation of the Goods and Services Tax. Farmers' plight and situation in the Kashmir valley are two other issues on the Opposition's platter.
Congress and several other opposition parties, including the Left, have been critical of the government over cases of violence by self-proclaimed cow protectors who have often attacked Muslims and, in some cases, Dalits. "There is political suffocation in Kashmir", the Congress leader said.
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The organizers had neatly placed Tejashwi's nameplate at the event next to Nitish Kumar, but Tejashwi skipped the event entirely. But we will not allow that to happen", he stressed.
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". And can we expect the opposition to cooperate and pass important legislation in this session of Parliament? RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members are being named in the chargesheet in an alleged corruption case.
Earlier, talking to reporters outside Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that the session will be productive.
Nine of these legislations, including The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017, have been passed by the Lok Sabha and are listed for passage by the Rajya Sabha.