Monsoon Session: PM Modi holds meeting with top ministers to discuss govt’s strategy in Parliament

21 July, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with senior ministers today to discuss the government's plan for Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with senior ministers today to discuss the government’s plan for Parliament.

The conference attendees include union ministers Rajnath Singh, Anurag Thakur, and Kiren Rijiju. This outcome comes as opposition parties persisted in forcing Wednesday’s postponement of the two Houses of Parliament due to their demands about the government’s introduction of GST on some everyday products and price increases.

On the other side, floor leaders from all opposition parties in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met on Thursday in Mallikarjun Kharge’s office as the LoP for Rajya Sabha.

Leaders from the following opposition parties were present at the meeting in addition to the Congress: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Viduthal.

The third day of the monsoon session of Parliament witnessed two adjournments before Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day. After noon, the Rajya Sabha was also postponed for the day following an earlier break.

In order to press their demands, opposition parties also staged a demonstration outside of Parliament near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue.

Opposition leaders said that the government’s raised GST rates on a number of everyday commodities were causing budgetary problems for the average person during the demonstration in front of the monument of Mahatma Gandhi.

A rollback of the government’s increase in the GST rates on goods including curd, bread, and paneer was demanded by opposition party leaders from the Congress, NCP, DMK, and Left.

Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, all leaders in the Congress, were in attendance.

During question time in the Lok Sabha, protests were organized by the opposition parties.

Parliament’s monsoon session began on July 18 and will last through August 12. The Session will consist of 18 sittings.