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Oppn must ask tough questions but also allow govt to respond: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the Opposition members to ask the most “difficult and sharpest questions” but also allow the government to respond during the Parliament Monsoon Session.

“I would like to urge all the MPs and parties to ask the most difficult and sharpest questions in the Houses but should also allow the government to respond, in a disciplined environment,” the Prime Minister said while briefing the media ahead of the session .

Mr Modi requested the parliamentarians to strictly follow the COVID-19 induced protocol inside the house and urged them for a healthy and meaningful discussion on the pandemic which will be given priority among all other issues.

The Prime Minister informed that he has asked all the floor leaders to take out some time on Tuesday so that he may give a detailed information to them regarding the pandemic. “We want discussion on pandemic inside as well as outside the Parliament,” he averred.

He also said as most of the parliamentarians have now been vaccinated, and the sitting arrangement is not like the previous session as the members will be this time sitting next to each other.

During the 19 sittings of the session, 31 government business items, including 29 Bills and two financial items, will be taken up. Six bills will be brought to replace the ordinances.

The House will see the new Cabinet of the Prime Minister. Over three dozen new faces were inducted into the Cabinet earlier this month in a massive rejig by Mr Modi.

Mr Modi, as per the convention, will introduce his new Cabinet to the members of the House on the first day of the session.

Also, those who became the members of the Lok Sabha by winning bypolls that were held along with Assembly polls to four States in April this year, will take the oath on Monday.

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