PM Modi convenes meeting of NDA MPs ahead of monsoon session commencing from July 21

Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi, July 19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened a meeting of all NDA MPs on Monday ahead of Parliament’s monsoon session, which will commence from July 21.

The session is expected to be a stormy one, with opposition parties closing ranks on several issues, including the Vyapam scam, the Lalit Modi controversy and the latest Socio Economic Caste Census (SECC).

Sensing the opposition heat awaiting his government in Parliament, the Prime Minister had acknowledged on Saturday that there will be a ‘muqabla’ (contest).

“We are all sitting here (including Ghulam Nabi Azad), but just wait to see the ‘muqabla’ (contest) we will have in some days,” Modi said at an event in Jammu where the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha was also present.

According to reports, the Congress party has said that the only way for the BJP-led government at the Centre to save the upcoming session was to seek resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), however, retorted that the Congress would find itself ‘isolated’ if they make an attempt to stall the session.

Shiv Sena, which is the largest BJP ally, has been demanding a meeting of NDA constituents. Party leader in the Rajya Sabha Sanjay Raut expressed happiness over Modi’s decision, saying it would help the alliance chalk out a collective strategy to ward off the opposition challenge.

While the BJP-led NDA commands a sizeable majority in the Lok Sabha, it lacks numbers in the Upper House where opposition Congress is the largest party and holds the key to passage of key legislations.

The monsoon session of Parliament is important for the government with several bills, including Goods and Services Tax (GST) and land bill lined up for clearance by the house.

(With Agency Inputs)

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