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Meetings on eve of Monsoon Session in Parliament

Mourning the Amarnath victims, Ansari said, “No words are strong enough to condemn this inhuman, barbaric and heinous act”. Newly elected members – Farooq Abdullah from Srinagar and PK Kunhalikutty from Mallapuram – took oath.Bills like the Indian Institute of Management Bill, 2017 the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 have been listed for passage by both the Houses. It also paid homage to some of former members of the Houses. He also mourned the loss of lives in many states in floods.The monsoon session will be starting from July 17, the day also being scheduled for the Presidential election.The Prime Minister expressed gratitude towards all parties for supporting the Government in bringing historic economic reforms like preponing of Budget Session of the Parliament and bringing in the Goods and Services Tax (GST).In an address to party leaders of the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked all political parties to support the government in conducting business in both Houses of the Parliament without disruption and in constructive discussion on issues of national importance.While Modi was seen talking to Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj engaged Sonia in a long chat. He also met Samajwadi party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav and others.The session, which will continue till August 11, is likely to witness heated debates on other key issues like the fallout of GST, agrarian crisis and Pakistan policy.The Congress had said that it would seek answers from the government over an ongoing border stand-off with China, the worsening situation in Kashmir and mob lynching incidents in the name of cow. “These are some of the issues we have flagged off in this meeting”, he said. BJP spokesperson Gopal Agrawal hoped that Parliament will function smoothly. “It is a matter of country’s security and we will raise it in Parliament”, Azad told reporters after an all-party meeting convened by the government at Parliament Library building.