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Speaker calls all-party meet on Sunday

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

A day before the monsoon session of Parliament begins on Monday, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has convened an all-party meeting on Sunday to seek the cooperation of all political parties in the smooth functioning of the House.

The session, which will be on till 11  August,  will see voting for the Presidential election on the opening day after which the Opposition would be raising a wide variety of issues. The initial focus is likely to be on the ongoing confrontation along the Sino-Indian border as also the prevailing situation in Kashmir and the terrorist attack on pilgrims undertaking the Amarnath Yatra.

Another  issue which is expected to take centre-stage during the session would be the serious crisis in the agriculture sector where there has been increasing suicides by farmers. 

Both Houses of Parliament are unlikely to transact any business on the first day (17 July) on account of the death of two MPs ~ Vinod Khanna Lok Sabha) and P. Goverdhan Reddy (Rajya Sabha). On the same day, voting to elect the new President is scheduled in which 776 MPs are eligible to vote.