Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped that all parties will work shoulder to shoulder in the monsoon session of Parliament to take important decisions that will give a new direction to the country.
Noting that the session is taking place just ahead of the 70th Independence Day, Mr. Modi said he was confident that discussions of the highest standard will be held.
Addressing the media outside Parliament at the start of the Monsoon session, the Prime Minister said that based on the talks with all parties over the last few days, the prevailing mood was to take “very good decisions so that the country can move ahead on the path of development with greater speed.”
Remembering those who sacrificed their life for the country’s independence, Mr. Modi said, “Everyone should work together, shoulder to shoulder to take the journey of the last 70 years to greater heights, to give a new pace to the country, to have discussion of highest standard, to take important decisions and to ensure Indian moves ahead with great speed.”
The government is hopeful of a breakthrough on the key GST Bill, which it wants to be 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.
However, sparks are set to fly this monsoon session with the Opposition, boosted by the Supreme Court verdict on Arunachal Pradesh, seeking to corner the treasury benches on a host of issues, including India’s failure to secure NSG membership.
Besides the political developments in Arunachal, which saw the installation of a new Congress dispensation in the State, the Modi government’s decision to seek a report from the Law Commission on the proposal for introducing a Uniform Civil Code is likely make the session a tempestuous affair.