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Preserve democracy, ensure smooth session: PM to opposition

Preserve democracy, ensure smooth session: PM to opposition

"Modi said state governments must ensure the maintenance of law and order and strict action must be taken against those who break the law", an official statement quoted Modi as having said in the meeting.

Modi said whenever political parties and government take decisions keeping in mind national interest, it shows their commitment towards the larger public good.

At the all party meeting, the government is likely to seek opposition's support for smooth functioning of the upcoming Parliament Session.

The issue of cow vigilantism and political corruption apart, Mr. Modi commended both sides on the dignified nature of the presidential campaign, adding that it would have been good if a consensus had been arrived at.

He, however, said "high level of dignity" has been maintained by both sides during the campaign and no "ill will or bad language" has been used.

The meeting, which was held to chalk out the party's strategy for the monsoon session of Parliament, was also attended by TMC Lok Sabha parliamentary party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay, who was in May granted bail in the Rose Valley scam.

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The Prime Minister also urged the political leaders to help carry forward the investigation against corrupt politicians.

PM Modi said that this session was important for many reasons as during the session India completes 70 years of Independence on 15 August and 75 years of the Quit India Movement. It has been proved successfully with the implementation of GST. "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".

The All-India Trinamool Congress, which had earlier said it would boycott this meeting amid differences with the BJP over the recent violence in West Bengal, stayed away.

He said, the political leaders need to convince the people that every leader is not tainted and running after money.

Talking to reporters after an all-party meeting called by her on the session eve, Ms Mahajan said that all the participants in the meeting had assured that the session will proceed without any disruption.

RJD has also accused the BJP of trying to drive a wedge in the RJD-JD (U)-Congress grand alliance in Bihar.


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