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PM Modi hopes to host a positive Winter Session

Updated: Nov 16, 2016 11:22 IST

New Delhi [India], Nov 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he was optimistic of a positive Winter Session, which is expected to be a fiery one post the announcement of demonetisation, and reached out to all political parties while stating that the government was ready for any debate.

"In the last session an important bill like the (Constitution Amendment) GST was passed, it was a big step. I had thanked all parties then. In the Winter Session, a very positive discussion will happen and on all issues with contribution of all parties," said Prime Minister Modi outside the Parliament.

"Our government believes in discussing all issues and we are ready to debate on any topic," he added.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Modi exhorted all the opposition parties to cooperate and extend support to the government's crusade against black money and corruption.

The Prime Minister also urged the opposition parties to put forth their arguments in a fruitful manner in order to ensure smooth passage of business during the session.

He further reminded the opposition parties that they were cooperative during the passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill on the GST and requested them for cooperation both inside and outside the house with regard to the government's crusade against corruption, black money and fake currency which are affecting the common man.

The Prime Minister further called on the opposition parties, during the all-party meet, to come out with a solution with regard to conducting simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly elections and the state government's role in funding elections.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, earlier on Sunday said that the Congress MPs would raise the demonetisation issue under Rules 56 and 193 during the Winter Session.

Deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, has already given a notice for the suspension of business under Rule 267 of the Upper House for a discussion on the same issue.

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad, has also given a notice under Rule 267 for discussion on the issue of Kashmir unrest. (ANI)