Monsoon session 2017 begins today, here is the agenda


"We will discuss various issues which will be raised in the Parliament in the upcoming Monsoon session".

Observing that differences with China over Kashmir was a new focal point, the Congress today said it would seek a debate in Parliament on the issue, while asserting that the party stood with the government on matters of territorial integrity and national security.

The first day of the Parliament monsoon session is expected to begin on a stormy note as the Opposition will attempt to put the Centre on the back foot over the Doklam standoff with China and the security situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram has said in advance that GST roll-out will be raised during the session since the law in its present form is not the law that was originally drafted by his party, the Congress said on Sunday. "All political parties have urged that they want to hold fruitful discussions on various issues including the issues of the farmers", the Speaker said.

While the BJP parliamentary party executive committee will meet at 3pm at the Parliament library building, senior leaders of the Congress will be holding their own meeting at party leader Sonia Gandhi's residence.

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CPI-M leader Mohammad Salim said on Sunday that his party will raise the issues of cross border tensions with India and Pakistan, mob lynching by cow vigilantes, and the agrarian crisis.

The increased opposition synergy comes at a time when 18 parties have come together under one platform to pin the government on some key issues. RJD chief Lalu Prasad and his family members are being named in the chargesheet in an alleged corruption case. On the same day, 776 members of the Parliament are scheduled to cast their vote to elect the country's next President.

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".

The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017, to grant the National Commission on Backward Classes constitutional status is likely to be passed by the Rajya Sabha this session. Apart from this, 16 bills have been listed for introduction and passage in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.