New Delhi, Jun 16: Ahead of the commencement of the Parliament session, the Opposition on Sunday demanded that issues of farm distress, unemployment and drought be discussed in Parliament.
At an all party meeting called by the government, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said they were not opposed to all those bills which are in the interest of the people.
''There should be a discussion on farmers’ distress, unemployment and drought,'' he said.
He also called for early holding of Assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir, currently under President's rule.
He asserted that if Lok Sabha polls can be held then why not state polls.
''It appears that the Centre wants to run the state through the Governor's administration,'' he alleged.
Congress's Adhir Ranjan Choudhary and K Suresh were also present at the meeting.
Derek O'Brien of the Trinamool Congress demanded that the Women's Reservation Bill, which seeks to reserve one-third of all seats for women in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies, be brought immediately in the session.
The first session of the newly-constituted 17th Lok Sabha will be held from June 17 to July 26.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the meeting, attended by representatives of all parties.
The Prime Minister has called a meeting of chiefs of all parties having representatives in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on June 19 to discuss "one nation, one election" issue, celebration of 75 years of India's Independence in 2022, 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary this year and issues of "aspirational districts", Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi said after the meeting.
He said the PM has also called a meeting of MPs to discuss the issues on June 20. (UNI)