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‘Hope spirit of growing strong together remains’

| | New Delhi
‘Hope spirit of growing strong together remains’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped the "growing stronger together" spirit of the GST will bring enthusiasm to the Monsoon Session of Parliament and political parties will engage in high standard of debate and provide value addition. Modi said the passage of the GST showed the good that can be achieved when all political parties, all Governments come together and work for the nation.

Talking to media, Modi said whenever political parties and Government take decisions keeping in mind national interest, it shows their commitment towards the larger public good.

"Today the Monsoon Session begins. After summer, the advent of rain brings in a fresh pleasant smell in the soil. Similarly, the Monsoon Session will bring in a new spirit after the successful implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). It has been proved successfully with the implementation of GST. The GST spirit is about growing stronger together. I hope the same GST spirit prevails in this session," he hoped.

"It is my firm belief that the Monsoon session will provide an opportunity to all political parties and MPs to enter into high standard of debate and to provide value addition for taking major decisions in larger national interest," he told reporters here.

The PM said since the Monsoon session falls in one of the most significant period of the country, so naturally, people's attention, like always, will be focused more on this session. "As the Monsoon session of Parliament gets underway, we salute our farmers who have been ensuring food security for the country with their hard work.  This session begins by remembering those farmers," he said."This session is very significant. On August 15, we will complete seven decades of our Independence. On August 9, which comes in the midst of the session, the Quit India Movement turns 75 years," he added.

Later, Modi walked up to senior opposition leaders in the Lok Sabha to greet them as the House met on the opening day of the monsoon session while voting was underway for the keenly- contested presidential election in the parliament complex.

Just before the proceedings began, Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar exchanged pleasantries with leaders in the opposition benches including Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah.

Abdullah took oath as Lok Sabha member after winning the Srinagar bypoll recently. Indian Union Muslim League leader P K Kunhalikutty from Kerala also took oath.  Proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned for the day after paying tributes to sitting member Vinod Khanna, Union Minister Anil Dave.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, while making the obituary references, also condemned the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims and described it as a "cowardly" act.

Rajya Sabha was also adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to departed sitting members - Forest and Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave and MP Palvai Govardhan Reddy.

 
 
 

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