Monsoon session 2017 begins today, here is the agenda


"Those engaged in disturbing the harmony in the country are trying to take advantage of the situation", Modi said at an all-party meeting ahead of Parliament's monsoon session that begins on Monday.

"Cow vigilantism should not be given political or communal colour as the nation doesn't benefit from it", Kumar quoted Modi as saying in the all-party meeting.

"This session will see the election of the new President and Vice-President", he said.

The Prime Minister also underscored the belief of many Hindus that cow is like mother, but said that this should not let people take law in their own hands and every state government should act against violation of the law, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters after the meeting. On the same day, 776 members of the Parliament are scheduled to cast their vote to elect the country's next President. "However, people must know that there is a law to protect the cow and the violation of law is not an alternative". The Congress said it stands with the government on matters of territorial integrity and national security.

Speaking to the media, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad held the Centre squarely responsible for the "suffocation" of the peace process in Kashmir. Azad made it clear today that the opposition parties would seek a debate on the stand-off in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction. "It is the responsibility of all political parties to take action against such tainted leaders".

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"They (cow vigilantes) must be vigorously opposed and action taken to restore faith of all Indians in our Constitution", he said. "There are other issues also which will come up", he added.

To counter the opposition's onslaught, the government is also gearing up. In addition, the government also wants supplementary grants to be discussed.

Nine of these legislations, which includes The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017 have been passed by the Lok Sabha and are listed for passage by the Rajya Sabha, Vatsal Khullar of the PRS Legislative said.

In the 545-member Lok Sabha, the Congress has 45 members while the TMC has 34.