Ready for healthy, meaningful discussion in Parliament, PM Modi tells opposition at all-party meet – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said his government is ready for discussion on all matters in the upcoming Monsoon session of the Parliament, said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi.
Joshi quoted the prime minister at the meeting to say that the various floor leaders were told that the government was ready for a “healthy and meaningful discussion” on various issues raised as per rules and procedures.
The meeting saw the participation of over 30 parties, with prominent opposition faces such as Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury attending the meeting.
The government had called an all-party meeting on Wednesday ahead of the Monsoon session of Parliament, which is slated to begin tommorrow.
Besides Modi, defence minister Rajnath Singh, Union minister and Leader of House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal were present in the meeting.
TMC’s Derek O’ Brien, Tiruchi Siva from the DMK, Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav and BSP’s Satish Mishra were also present.
Apna Dal leader and NDA ally Anupriya Patel and LJP leader Pashupati Paras also attended the meeting.
The Monsoon session begins on July 19 and would conclude on August 13. This would be first session of the Parliament since the Union Cabinet reshuffle.
Opposition parties object to PM’s joint address on Covid to MPs at Parliament annexe
Opposition parties on Sunday objected to the government’s offer for a joint address to all MPs by the prime minister on Covid at the Parliament annexe, saying this will be “highly irregular” at a time when Parliament will be in session and it aims to “bypass” norms.
Leaders, including from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the CPI(M), also said that when the Covid pandemic and issues related to it can be discussed on the floor of the House, what was the need to go “outside”.
The annexe is a separate building within the premises of the Parliament complex.
(With inputs from agencies)

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