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India Parliament to begin ‘stormy’ session

India’s parliament begins a key monsoon session where opposition parties are likely to disrupt the house over their demand for resignations of three ruling BJP leaders mired in scandals.

The BJP-led ruling alliance will be in “combat mode” if the “opposition is aggressive”, a leader said.

The government’s controversial land acquisition bill is also likely to face fierce opposition.

The session begins on Tuesday and will conclude on 8 August.

Opposition leaders have called for the resignations of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje for helping former IPL cricket chief Lalit Modi, who lives in London and is wanted by Indian authorities.

They are also demanding the resignation of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over his alleged involvement in India’s massive medical school admissions examination scandal.

Rejecting their demand, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said: “There is no question of accepting an ultimatum from anybody; nobody can dictate to the parliament.”

At a meeting with all political parties on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the government was ready to discuss all issues and urged opposition parties to help pass the land bill.

Mr Modi also held a meeting with his allies and said the government should not be on “back foot” against the opposition, according to reports.

“The prime minister said the government should not be on the back foot in parliament,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told reporters after the meeting.

“If the opposition is aggressive, we will also be in combat mode.”

Correspondents say the session – which is also expected to debate key bills like the land acquisition bill and the national Goods and Sales Tax (GST) bill – is expected to be a washout unless the government and the opposition can resolve their differences.

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