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New Delhi : Addressing floor leaders of parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha here on July 16, 2017, ahead of Monsoon Session of Parliament beginning July 17, PM Narendra Modi said that for preserving the institution of democracy in India, it is important that all political parties support the government to conduct business in both the Houses of the Parliament without disruption and constructive discussion takes place on issues of national importance.

The Prime Minister, in one voice with the leaders of all parties, also asserted that all political parties stand united to ensure nation’s safety and security after such concerns were raised by many leaders on recent developments, according to a PIB release.

The Prime Minister expressed gratitude to all the parties for supporting the government in bringing historic economic reforms like preponing of Budget Session of Parliament and bringing in Goods and Services Tax. Modi informed all the leaders that due to preponing Budget by a month, there would be a balanced nature of capital expenditure profile in this financial year. Already 30% of total expenditure and 49% expenditure in infrastructure sector has taken place before the monsoon has started, which is a huge achievement and would bring fiscal prudence in capital expenditure in future. Bringing in of GST regime, with support of all parties, has strengthened the Federal structure of the government and brought about economic solidarity in the country, Modi added, according to the PIB release.

The Prime Minister urged all parties to extend their support to the government in fighting corruption and the issue of communal violence in the name of Cow protection. Modi said that state governments must ensure the maintenance of law and order and strict action must be taken against those breaking the law, according to the PIB release.

There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through constructive discussions in both the Houses.

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Ananth Kumar, later briefing mediapersons said informed that the Monsoon Session, 2017, of Parliament is scheduled to be held from July 17, 2017, and subject to exigencies of government business, the session may conclude on August 11, 2017.

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