Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, on the first day of the Monsoon Session, paid homage to the members who passed away recently. Both the Houses adjourned for the day immediately after the obituary references.
Two Rajya Sabha members – former Union minister Anil Madhav Dave and Congress member Palvai Govardhan Reddy – died during the interregnum period after the Budget Session. Sitting Gurdaspur Lok Sabha member Vinod Khanna also died during the same period.
The three-week Monsoon Session, which began today, is scheduled to end on August 11.
A united opposition is set to raise the heat on the government on issues like lynching and cow vigilantism. The deteriorating situation in Kashmir and the border stand-off with China will also be raised by the Opposition to corner the government.
“We will seek answers from the government on what they are doing to check rising incidents of cow vigilantism and lynchings in the country that pose grave danger to the social harmony of the country and the idea of India,” CPI leader D Raja said.
The session comes just two weeks after the crucial Goods and Services Tax was implemented on July 1. Therefore, the session is also likely to see debates on the fallout of GST and the agrarian crisis.
A total of 18 Bills have been listed for passage in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Nine of these legislations, which include 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.
(With inputs from PTI)