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Monsoon Session: All-party Meet Convened On Monday

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An all-party meeting on Monday (3 August) has been convened by the Modi government to break the impasse in two Houses of Parliament.
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that the government wanted to convene the meeting on Friday itself but the Congress refused to confirm its participation.
The Congress has been protesting in both the Houses of Parliament, seeking resignations in the Vyapam and Lalitgate scandals.
While the Rajya Sabha didn’t transact any business on Friday, the Lok Sabha Speaker tried to frustrate the Congress by refusing to adjourn the House even as party members were seen protesting with placards in the Well of the House.
So, the Question Hour ran for full one hour in the Lower House even as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh made a statement in the Lower House.
In the Rajya Sabha, there were frequent disruptions, but there was also some meeting ground between the government and the Congress when they agreed to shift the Private Member’s Bill to the next session.
Government sources said that were ready to get the GST Bill passed in the current session, provided the Congress agreed to let the House function.
A Congress lawmaker in the Rajya Sabha told Businessworld that this appeared improbable as the party would stick to its gun on Vyapam and Lalitgate.
That could mean a complete washout of the session. Government managers still, however, hope that the Congress would see reason, attend Monday’s all-party meet, and let the House function.

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