PM Modi hopes for fruitful winter session of Parliament

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The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) on Friday chose to take a tough stand against the Opposition in Parliament after the Congress and other parties stalled the Rajya Sabha demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks against former prime minister Manmohan Singh.

He said in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha the 18th session of the 5th Lok Sabha, the duration was of just 12 days, while the 98th session of Rajya Sabha which was of 13 days saw just nine sittings.

When the House reassembled after the first adjournment at noon, the Congress members also protested against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh, after Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue. Hope to see positive approach in this Winter Session.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said the Supplementary Demand for Grants and three ordinances including GST compensation to states will also be a prominent issue of discussion.

The Centre is expected to table 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including a bill providing Muslim women the right to seek maintenance in case of triple talaq, during the session which began on Friday. Modi called the winter session to be a major one in which "important bills would be discussed".

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"There should be a good debate, there should be a positive debate, and the debates should take place with innovative suggestions only then the time of the Parliament will be properly utilized for the benefit of the country", Modi told the media ahead of the session.

The prime minister hoped the Winter Session of Parliament will be a productive one with constructive debates.

But the winter session has started now and I hope that country would be benefitted from fruitful 2017-2018 winter session in Parliament.

A leader, who attended the meeting, said the prime minister also pointed out the government's legislative agenda for the Winter Session and asked them to work together for pushing it in Parliament.

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