Monsoon Session will run with GST spirit: PM Modi

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with  Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, MoS's  Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and MoS in Prime Minister's Office, Jitendra Singh, before the start of Monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday.   PTI Photo

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, MoS’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and MoS in Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, before the start of Monsoon session of Parliament in New Delhi on Monday. PTI Photo

Ahead of the Monsson Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed hope that all political parties will engage in debate and work for the interest of the nation.

“I hope all political parties, MPs will work for national interest and will engage in high standard of debate and provide value addition,” said PM Modi on Monday morning.

The Prime Minister also spoke about the Goods and Service Tax, the new tax regime which was implemented from July 1.

“Growing together stronger is another name of the GST spirit. I hope Monsoon session will run with GST spirit,” said the PM.

“Today the Monsoon session begins. Like the monsoon brings hope, this session also brings same spirit of hope. After the summer, the rains fill the soil with pleasant smell. The same way, due to the good rains of the GST, the whole session will be full of enthusiasm,” he added.

The Monsoon Session of Parliament begins on the same day as the members of Parliament and state MLAs elect their President.

The MPs and state MLAs have begun casting their votes to elect their President. The fight is between NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind and Opposition’s candidate Meira Kumar.

The results for the Presidential polls will be out three days later on July 20.

“That is why the nation’s eyes will be on this session. I am confident that all parties, all MPs will take important decisions and engage in quality debate, ensure value addition in thinking and work,” said the PM highlighting the importance of this session.

On Sunday in an all-party meeting, PM Modi said that he asked all political parties to collectively fight “hooliganism” in the name of cow protection and said the state governments should take stringent action against anti-social elements indulging in violence on the issue.

“Cow is treated as a mother and it is an emotive issue. But we have to understand that there are laws governing cow protection and breaking it is not an alternative,” Modi said in a series of tweets after the meeting.

“All political parties should collectively castigate hooliganism in the name of cow protection,” he added.

Seeking the support of the opposition parties in tackling “communal violence” in the name of cow protection, Modi also warned against giving a political or communal colour to the issue.