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A series of meetings took place on Sunday between the government and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan with the Opposition even as the ruling NDA and the rival Congress held internal parleys to discuss their respective strategies in Parliament and the Presidential election that coincides with the beginning of the Monsoon Session on Monday.

The monsoon session ends on August 11.

Parliament Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar also has convened an all-party meeting to seek their support for smooth functioning of Parliament.

Besides these, he said, the Congress will also raise issues pertaining to farmers' distress and Mandsaur police firing in both houses of the Parliament. "However, people must know that there is a law to protect the cow and the violation of law is not an alternative".

The issue has raised concerns as the targets of such violence have been minority members and Dalits.

CPI leader D Raja said the opposition "will seek answers from the government on what they are doing to check rising incidents of cow vigilantism and lynchings in the country that pose grave danger to the social harmony of the country and the idea of India".

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At the meeting, sources said, Naresh Agrawal of the Samajwadi Party suggested that the Opposition parties should have such interactions at least once a month to coordinate their positions.

Hoping for a productive session, the prime minister said: "I believe all parties, MPs will work for the welfare of the country".

On the issue of Kashmir and tensions with China, Kumar said the government had a meeting with opposition leaders and every party has said they were with the government on matters of national security.

Meanwhile, Leaders of the NDA government will meet in the evening to chalk out their strategy to counter the Opposition in Parliament. The government has closed all doors for dialogue on Kashmir "which has led to political suffocation in the valley", Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

He wanted parties to unite against those people who cried political vendetta when the law was taking its own course.

He said the Congress "is not in favour of stalling the proceedings of Parliament, but we are forced to do so when the government does not agree to our genuine demands".

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