NEW DELHI, July 20 - Worried over the growing belligerence of the Opposition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today sought to send out a positive signal, assuring that the government was willing to take all constructive suggestions from opposition parties.
Speaking during the meeting of leaders of all parties, Modi said it was the collective responsibility of all the parties to ensure smooth functioning of the Parliament. He also told the leaders that the government has to take the initiative and responsibility to run the Parliament, but this responsibility has to be shared by all.
Addressing the Meeting of Leaders of all Parties and Groups in both the Houses of Parliament convened today ahead of the Monsoon Session of Parliament that gets under way tomorrow, Modi endorsed the views of Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party.
Yadav suggested collective efforts of the government and the Opposition to find a solution to the Land Bill issue by adopting a give-and-take approach. He preferred efforts to enable smooth functioning of the Parliament.
The meeting was attended by Ghulam Nabi Azad of Congress, Ram Gopal Yadav of Samajwadi Party, Sharad Yadav of JD (U), Satish Mishra of BSP and Sitaram Yechury of CPI (M) among others.
�Let every issue be discussed in the Parliament under the Rules. Efforts shall be towards effective functioning of Parliament. Of all the forums available for expression of one�s views, Parliament is the best. Let there be good debates and suggestions. Yes, government has more responsibility in enabling normal functioning of Parliament but so do all of you,� said the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister called a meeting of the NDA partners this evening. The meeting discussed the strategy for the session as opposition parties Congress and the Left have closed their ranks against the government on various issues including the Vyapam scam and the Lalit Modi controversy.
Earlier, Shiv Sena, an NDA ally, had demanded a meeting of the allies, saying the session would be a stormy affair and the BJP should take its partners into confidence to chalk out a strong strategy to counter the Opposition.