Meetings on eve of Parliament session

In an attempt to convince Opposition parties on the stand-off with China, the government on Friday and Saturday briefed their leaders and assured them the issue will be resolved diplomatically.

Top Congress leaders today deliberated on a strategy for the Monsoon session of Parliament during which the party is likely to raise issues of lynching incidents and vigilantism, the Kashmir situation and the border stand-off with China.

The parties came together on the presidential and vice presidential election, but are keen to take the unity further in raising issues in Parliament.

He also said opposition parties will seek a discussion on the India-China standoff in the Dokalam area near the Bhutan trijunction. Tom Vaddakan of Congress said, his party is ready for fruitful contribution in the session.

"The Congress will demand inclusion of petroleum, electricity and real estate in the GST", Surjewala said. A total of 16 new bills are slated to be introduced in both the houses for consideration and passage.

"Fear is being spread in the minority community. It is a matter of country's security and we will raise it in Parliament", Azad told reporters after an all-party meeting convened by the government at Parliament Library building.

If parties like Mamata Banerjee-led TMC and Lalu Prasad- led RJD attack the government over the action of law enforcement agencies such as the CBI and the ED against their leaders over alleged corruption, the treasury benches too would use the issue to underline their anti-corruption credentials.

To counter the opposition's onslaught, the government is also gearing up.

It is also expected that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will discuss the name of its Vice-Presidential nominee during their Parliamentary party executive meeting in the evening. It also paid homage to some of former members of the Houses.

The Prime Minister also called on all the parties to support the war against corruption, which has been initiated by the government.

Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday said that all political parties have given assurance for a peaceful and constructive Monsoon Session beginning tomorrow.