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PM Modi seeks cooperation of all parties for smooth functioning of Monsoon Session

By Deepika

New Delhi, July 17: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired an all party meeting ahead of Monsoon session of Parliament.

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The prime minister has sought cooperation of all political parties to ensure smooth functioning of both the Houses of Parliament during its Monsoon session.

Addressing the leaders of various parties in the Parliament House, Modi asked them to raise their issues in the Houses as people expected them to do so.

The government claimed that the opposition parties had assured it of smooth functioning of Parliament.

"The prime minister today sought the cooperation of all political parties for the smooth functioning of Parliament and a productive session. People expect Parliament to function and we all should ensure that," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the meeting.

The opposition parties also raised the issue of not granting of reservation to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in higher education.

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said, "We will not allow the House to function till an assurance is given by the government on the floor of the House on reservation to SCs and STs in higher eduction."

AAP leader Sanjay Singh also raised the issue of alleged discrimination by the Centre against the Delhi government and hoped that the prime minister would address the issue.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel, Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad, NCP leader Sharad Pawar and CPI leader D Raja were among those who attended the meeting.

The TDP has indicated that it will again press for no-confidence motion against the government in the Lok Sabha.

The no-confidence motion was not taken up in the budget session of parliament.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has also called an all-party meeting on the same day to seek the co-operation from the floor leaders of different political parties to ensure smooth transaction of business in the House.

The Monsoon session of Parliament will begin on the 18th and will continue till the 10th of next month. During the session, Triple Talaq Bill, which has been passed by the Lok Sabha and is pending in the Rajya Sabha, will be among the top priorities of the government. The government will also push for constitutional status for the National Commission for OBCs.

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