With the commencement of Monsoon Session of the Parliament, the government is preparing to push major reform bills such as the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill in the Rajya Sabha today.
Noting that the session is taking place just ahead of the 70th Independence Day, Modi said he was confident that discussions of the highest standard will be held.
The session will begin on July 18 and continue till August 12. A total of 25 bills are expected to come up for discussion and passage during the session.
The government is hopeful of a breakthrough on the key GST bill, which it wants passed during the session, following a recent meeting between senior ministers and top Congress leaders. The two sides are likely to meet again during the session.
LIVE UPDATES on Monsoon Session in Parliament:
5.37 pm: I will talk to J&K CM about providing ration to all those people who arent able to leave their houses due to curfew, says HM Rajnath Singh
5.34 pm: Whatever is happening in Kashmir, it is sponsored by Pakistan, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh
5.32 pm: Pakistan is playing a dirty game in Kashmir. We’ll protect the muslims living in India, Pakistan has no role in it: Singh
5.29 pm: Kehne ko to woh Pakistan hai, lekin uski har harkat na-pak hai, remarks Rajnath Singh
5.25 pm: Militants kay saath sakhti hogi, aur ho rahi hai. Aam janta kay saath sympathy, says Singh.
5.22 pm: PM monitored the situation even when he was abroad
5.20 pm: PM was extremely concerned by the violence in Kashmir. 1,948 civilians were wounded, 1,744 of them were discharged. I have been in constant touch with Mehbooba Mufti and have repeatedly offered help, says Singh
5.18 pm: Rajnath Singh responds to Opposition over Kashmir’s situation
3.45 pm: Why did the killing of Burhan wani lead to so much of violence? Even though curfew has been installed in the Valley, the condition continues to get worse. Our party hopes that the Kashmir govt and the Centre will work in co-operation to avoid such circumstances in future, says Satish Chandra Mishra, BSP
3.44 pm: Kashmir is a part of India. The pain felt there has its resonance evident in our country as well: Yechury
3.41 pm: We need to identify the hand behind the use of excessive use of force in the Valley. The hyphenated existence with Pakistan needs to cease, says Yechury
3.37 pm: You made so many promises but what about the youth of Kashmir, remarks Sitaram Yechury to PM Modi
3.17 pm: Talking about the unrest in Valley, Naresh Agrawal refers to Pakistan occupied Kashmir as Azad Kashmir.
2.54 pm: Until and unless we change our opinion about Pakistan, the situation in Kashmir won’t be resolved, says Naresh Aggarwal, SP
2.52 pm: Koi bhi desh ye anumati nahin de sakta ki desh ki ekta ke upar prahaar kariye, aur desh dekhta reh jaaye: FM Jaitley on Kashmir unrest.
2.51 pm: We need to assess the situation in Kashmir carefully. We have to appeal to the youth in Kashmir so that law and order and can be carried out peacefully. As of now the youth residing there is instigated, says Jaitley
2.49 pm: Pakistan has never reconciled to the idea of J&K being a part of India, remarks FM Arun Jaitley
2.42 pm: Battle in J&K is between country & separatists: Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha
2.39 pm: Arun Jaitley on Kashmir Unrest: There are times when we should rise above political differences for the nation
2.28 pm: Kya wajah hai ki 10din curfew ke baad bhi mahaul thanda nhi?Iska matlab zakhm itna gehra ho gya ki maamooli ilaaj se kuch nhi ho rha, asks Azad
2.20: Government runs on the basis of trust and faith. But people of Jammu and Kashmir have a sense of mistrust towards the current government, says Azad.
“I am not saying that Kashmiri people had complete faith when Congress was in power. But there was a sense of trust in some corner.”
2.12: “We are with you (government) in ending militancy in Kashmir but we don’t support this kind of treatment of civilians of the state,” says Azad.
2.09: “Are we going to treat children, women, elderly and people of Kashmir like we treat militants? Hospitals are overflowing”, says Azad, adding, “The use of violence and guns on the people of Kashmir cannot be justified nor tolerated.”
Since 2010, why are there so many clashes in the Kashmir valley? he asks, saying “People have been killed in all 10 districts of Jammu and Kashmir. Maximum damage was done in four districts of South Kashmir.
Azad says over 1800 citizens have been injured by bullets this time.
Militancy ko khatam karne ke liye hum aapke sath hain: Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha to Government pic.twitter.com/gYP1tOX1w4
— ANI (@ANI_news) July 18, 2016
2.06 pm: Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks in Rajya Sabha about Kashmir violence. “How guns and lathis were used in Kashmir? We cannot imagine the horror and violence, even children were not spared,” he says.
1.47 pm: Expressing their displeasure on not being at the centre of the discussions on the crucial Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, the Shiv Sena on Monday claimed that the Bharatiya Janata Party was using the landmark Bill as a tool to make up with the Congress party.
1.10 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm.
1.09 pm: GN Azad and Anand Sharma have held talks with FM, FM has promised to come back with some concrete proposals: P Chidambaram
1.08 pm: Let us see the draft which they bring, and we will respond: P Chidambaram on GST Bill
12.51 pm: Will speak in Parliament about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir: Kiren Rijiju, MoS Home
12.40 pm: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has given notice in Rajya Sabha to discuss Kashmir situation. Discussion likely at 2 pm today.
12.15 pm: Proceedings in the House have resumed and Question Hour is currently underway.
12.00 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12:13 pm
11.45 am: “We have said it many a times that the government is ready to discuss any issue. We are expecting we will be able to pass the GST Bill and fulfill the expectation of the people of the nation,” Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh told the media.
11.40 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till Tuesday 11 am on account of passing away of Dalpat Singh Paraste, MP from Shahdol, Madhya Pradesh
11.06 am: PM Narendra Modi introduces the newly inducted ministers to the Lok Sabha. These included Prakash Javadekar, the new HRD minister, who has been elevated to the Cabinet rank.
Vijay Goel, Anil Madhav Dave, Faggan Singh Kulaste S S Ahluwalia, Ramdas Athawale, Ramesh Chandrappa, Rajen Gohain, Purushottam Rupala, M J Akbar, Jaswantsinh Sumanbhai Bhabhor, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Mahendranath Pande, Ajay Tamta Krishna Raj, Mansukh Mandavia, Anupriya Patel, C R Chaudhary P P Chaudhary and Subhash Ramrao Amre were among the new ministers of state and ministers of state with Independent charge introduced to the House.
10.54 am: TMC leaders protest against price rise at Gandhi Statue in Parliament premises
10.52 am: PM says all should work shoulder to shoulder in the Monsoon session of Parliament to take the country forward.
10.40 am: Hope the Monsoon Session observes high standards of discussions and important decisions are made, says PM Narendra Modi.
10.34 am: All parties should work together to see to it that constructive discussions take place in Monsoon Session: PM Modi
10.25 am: PM Narendra Modi arrives at the Parliament for the Monsoon session
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday reached out to the opposition on the eve of the Monsoon Session of Parliament to seek its cooperation over the long-pending GST bill observing that the issue was not about which government would get the “credit” even as the Congress offered no assurance, saying it will support bills based on “merit”.
Referring to GST, he noted that the issue was not about which government would get the credit for its introduction but the bill’s passage.
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, told reporters ahead of the meeting that: “The Congress will support any bill which is in the interest of the nation, people and growth. We will let the bills pass on basis of merit… we do not obstruct passage of bills.”