Modi calls for constructive winter session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the reporters. Image courtesy @PIB Twitter

"I hope there is constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation's problems", Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon the opening of this session said.

On a lighter note, the PM said that the session did not start earlier as the winters have just begun.

Attacking the BJP for the delayed and shorter Winter Session, the Congress leader said that "the session, which was supposed to end, is starting now".

Congress leaders raised the issue of Modi's allegations during a speech in Gujarat that Singh colluded with Pakistan to influence the Gujarat Assembly polls, and said they will raise it in Parliament.

This Parliament session is crucial because it commences days before the announcement of results in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Either the Government prove the claim or the Prime Minister apologise.

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Among the important Bills to be discussed are the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill which gives women the right to seek maintenance from their husbands in the case of triple talaq, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 which prohibits certain persons, including promoters of defaulter companies, from submitting a resolution plan.

The House is to adjourn for the day to pay respect to the sitting members who died since last session that ended on August 11 and so there is no mention of the questions.

Speaking at a meeting on the Session's eve, Modi again pitched for simultaneous polls for the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies saying that holding elections once in five years will boost development.

The meeting of the opposition leaders was attended by Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge, Anand Sharma, Jyotiraditya Scindia, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, SP's Naresh Agrawal, CPI's D. Raja, TMC's Derek O'Brien, NCP's Tariq Anwar and RJD's J.P. Yadav.

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