Parliament's winter session: Opposition plans offensive against Modi govt

Parliament's winter session: Opposition plans offensive against Modi govt

The 21-day session is scheduled to have 14 sittings of both Houses of Parliament.

"The session, which was supposed to end, is starting now", the Congress leader said after the meeting.

"Government did it deliberately because the Prime Minister and his entire cabinet was busy in Gujarat elections".

The Parliament Winter Session 2017 will be the first parliament session after M Venkaiah Naidu became the Vice President and chairperson of the Rajya Sabha, as well as the first session after Rahul Gandhi became Congress President.

The Congress had insisted that Modi apologise for spreading "falsehoods and canards" against his predecessor Singh and the opposition party is likely to raise bring up the demand again in Parliament.

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The NDA will again introduce Constitutional Amendment Bill 123, with an aim to provide constitutional rights to the National Backward Classes Commission (NCBC).

In his customary address to the media outside the Parliament House ahead of the commencement of Winter Session, Modi expressed hope that the Winter Session would see debates with innovative suggestions from the Members of Parliament.

Agriculture distress, GST rollout and alleged misuse of enforcement agencies are some of the other issues the Opposition will rake up to attack the Government.

The session's first full day will be on Monday - when assembly election results will be declared - as the first day is likely to be adjourned after obituary references to three former parliamentarians.

The meeting of the opposition leaders was attended by Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma, Jyotiraditya Scindia, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, SP's Naresh Agrawal, CPI's D. Raja, TMC's Derek O'Brien, NCP's Tariq Anwar and RJD's J.P. Yadav.

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