PM Modi holds all-party meet before Budget session

New Delhi: Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi an all-party meet is being held here on Sunday right before the first Budget session of BJP-led Government’s second term.

An all-party meeting is a customary procedure before the beginning of parliament to ensure its smooth function. The budget session begins tomorrow and the Prime Minister is expected to seek the cooperation of all parties. Sources said dialogue and constructive debate is on top of the government’s agenda.

The Prime Minister is expected to seek the support and cooperation of all parties – necessary for the passing of key bills in Rajya Sabha, where the government is still in minority.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi and leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha Thawar Chand Gehlot were among those present at the meeting.

Leaders of other parties at the all-party meet include V Vijayasai Reddy of YSRCP, Derek O’Brien of TMC, Farooq Abdullah of National Conference, NCP’s Supriya Sule, Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal (Sonelal), AAP’s Sanjay Singh and Jayadev Galla of TDP, ANI reported.

A meeting of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) leaders is scheduled in the Parliament later in the evening to discuss strategies for the upcoming session.

The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will run from June 17 to July 26 during which the Union Budget will be presented by the new government on July 5.

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