Ready To Discuss Any Issue As Per Rules: PM Modi At All-Party Meeting

Floor leaders of more than 33 parties took part in the discussion.

The monsoon session of parliament will run from July 19 to August 13 (File)

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today stressed on positive and constructive debate in Parliament and said his government is ready for debate on any topic under the rules, a day ahead of the Parliament session.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union minister and Leader of House in Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi were present at the meeting.

Floor leaders of more than 33 parties took part in the discussion.

From the Congress, Mallikarjun Kharge and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury - its leaders in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, respectively, were present.

Floor leaders of all prominent opposition parties, including Derek O' Brien from the Trinamool, Tiruchi Siva of the DMK, Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party leader and Satish Mishra of the BSP were also present.

Apna Dal leader and NDA ally Anupriya Patel and LJP leader Pashupati Paras also attended the meeting.

The government, which plans to bring in 30 bills, said it is not running away from any discussion.

Inflation, the government's handling of the second Covid wave is likely to be brought up by opposition leaders during the monsoon session. The Congress's Rahul Gandhi, among other leaders, has been relentlessly criticising the government over its Covid management.

Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday urged members of Parliament to stand by people amid the pandemic and discuss all issues related to it in the House to address the concerns of the citizens.