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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday expressed hope that the Winter Session of Parliament would be productive, with "positive" debates.

Meanwhile, the proceedings of the Lok Sabha on the first day of the Winter Session were also adjourned after the House paid tributes to three sitting and seven former members who died during the inter-session period.

Congress leader Ghulamnazad raises Sharad Yadav expulsion issue, Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman VenkaiahNaidu said it is not an issue of discussion.

The Opposition has been claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Centre delayed the Winter Session to avoid raking up key including GST ahead of the Gujarat and Himachal Assembly polls. "I hope there is good debate, constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation's problems", he told reporters here.

Issues like the Muslim Womens Rights on Marriage Bill related to triple talaq and legislation on granting Constitutional status to the Backward Class Commission are among the important bills, which will be tabled for discussion and passage.


In 1976, in the fifth Lok Sabha, the Winter Session in Lok Sabha was held from October 25 to November 5, with 11 sittings in 12 days, while the winter session in Rajya Sabha was held from November 3 to November 15, with nine sittings in 13 days.

A day before the winter session kickstarted, Congress and several opposition parties met on Thursday to discuss and form a strategy to corner the government on key issues. But Winter Session has started now, and I hope that country would be benefited from fruitful 2017-2018 Winter Session in Parliament.

At a meeting of top NDA leaders, Modi asked the ruling alliance to strongly push the government's legislative agenda in the Winter Session of Parliament, sources said.

"Neither the prime minister nor the parliamentary affairs minister (Ananth Kumar) replied to the points raised by us at the all-party meeting on Thursday".


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