- Ahead of Monsoon session, PM thanked parties for helping launch GST
- He said the Monsoon session, which began today, will be "a good one"
- Opposition says it will unite to attack government on issues like GST
When GST was launched on July 1, PM Modi had coined the phrase "Good and Simple Tax".
The Prime Minister said he hoped the same spirit of cooperation would mark the session which begins today. It was an important session, the Prime Minister said, as the country celebrates important milestones including 70 years of Independence this month and will soon have a new President and Vice President.
"That is why the nation's eyes will be on this session. I am confident that all parties, all MPs will take important decisions and engage in quality debate, ensure value addition in thinking and work," he said.
PM Modi was among the first to vote in Parliament for the presidential election that the ruling BJP-led NDA's candidate, former Governor Ram Nath Kovind, is set to win easily. The opposition has fielded Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha Speaker.
PM Modi, in an all-party meeting yesterday, spoke out strongly against cow vigilantism and said states should take action against them. There is an "attempt to give communal colour to cow vigilantism and other incidents and derive political mileage," he said.
Opposition parties also plan to raise farmers' protests.
"We pay tribute to our farmers who work very hard in this season for the country," said PM Modi.
The Monsoon session ends on August 11.