PM Modi walks to Opposition benches, greets Sonia

The day also marks the beginning of the Monsoon session, which is expected to be stormy as the opposition is likely to raise issues like the lynching, terrorist attacks in Amarnath, riots in West Bengal, the impact of GST, the military stand-off with China, farmers suicide and much more.

“All political parties should collectively denounce hooliganism in the name of cow protection”.

Modi invoked Gandhi, saying, “He would have shown us what a true gau rakshak is”.

The monsoon session ends on August 11.

The all-party meeting was called by the ruling-government to seek the Opposition’s support for the smooth conduct of proceedings in both the Houses.

PM Modi said it would have been very good had a consensus been reached on the presidential candidate.

“There is a law on cow protection in the country”.

CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said his party has already given a notice for discussion on the “alarming rise in incidents of lynching” by cow vigilantes.

“We have raised our areas of concern and have also raised few issues on behalf of the entire Opposition”. The Congress said it stands with the government on matters of territorial integrity and national security.

Meanwhile, Leaders of the NDA government will meet in the evening to chalk out their strategy to counter the Opposition in Parliament. “He would have never approved of cow vigilantism”. “There are other issues also which will come up”, he added. In addition, the government also wants supplementary grants to be discussed.

Sources in the BJP said that the government will try to pass a dozen Bills during the session, including the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, Whistle blowers’ Protection Bill, Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, Enemy Property (Amendment) Bill Consumer Protection Bill, and the Companies (Amendment) Bill. “If the opposition demands a discussion on some current issues, we will discuss the same in the business advisory committee and the chairman will decide the time and date of discussion”, Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told PTI.

A total of 18 Bills have been listed for passage in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha in the upcoming Monsoon session of Parliament, a research body, PRS Legislative Research said on Saturday.