Looking forward to a constructive Winter Session of Parliament: PM Modi

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The winter session of Parliament is beginning on December 13.

Delayed by nearly a month due to the polls, this Session will have fewer sittings than the usual-it has 14 work days compared to 21 in the last Winter Session-but the Government is hopeful of pushing its legislative agenda in the short time.

Agriculture distress, GST rollout and alleged misuse of enforcement agencies are some of the other issues the Opposition will rake up to attack the Government. "Several issues would be raised by the opposition and the government would obviously give its response", he said.

A day before the winter session kickstarted, Congress and several opposition parties met on Thursday to discuss and form a strategy to corner the government on key issues. Main issues in the session will be supplementary demand for grants, Constitutional amendment Article 123 (Constitutional status to backward classes), Muslim women Right on Marriage 2017 bill.

At the all Opposition parties meet on Thursday evening headed by Rajya Sabha leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, it was also decided that the ruling BJP and PM Narendra Modi will be taken head-on for his allegations against former PM Manmohan Singh of "colluding" with Pakistan to swing a victory for Congress in Gujarat.

The first day of Parliament's winter session, on Friday, began with fireworks and disruption by.

When the House resumed at 2.30 PM to take up the Private members' legislative business Congress leader Anand Sharma tried to raise the PM's remark on former PM issue, but the deputy chairman P J Kurien did not allow it. "PM must clarify in the Parliament", he said. "The onset of winter happens around Diwali". He also added that this parliament session should be held with a positive approach to move the country forward. The PM Modi told reporters outside the Parliament that "I am hopeful and urge all parties to come together, discuss debate and work for the betterment of the nation".

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