New Delhi, November 16: At the All-Party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday, the top Opposition leaders raised concerns over the state of economy, rising unemployment and detentions in Jammu & Kashmir since abrogation of Article 370. Modi, who heard out the concerns of the Opposition MPs in the close-door meeting, assured a discussion on all issues in the Winter Session of Parliament.

Both Houses of the Parliament would be convening tomorrow as Winter Session would begin. The two All-Party meetings - called by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and PM Modi respectively - were aimed at creating a broad consensus among all lawmakers on the issues which would be raised and the Bills which are lined up for passage in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

"Attended the All-Party meeting earlier today. This time, we mark the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha. In both Houses, we shall have constructive debates on ways to empower citizens and further India’s development," Modi said.

Visuals of the All-Party Meeting

After the meeting, Congress' Lok Sabha Leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the government was asked to take measures to address the economic slowdown. The issue of unemployment was also stressed upon by the Opposition lawmakers, he said.

"Issues which were discussed were unemployment, economic crisis, farmers distress. Members also expressed their concern over the increased level of pollution in the country," said Chowdhury, the MP from West Bengal's Berhampur constituency.

Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters that he appealed the Prime Minister to allow detained Sringar MP and former J&K chief minister Farooq Abdullah to attend the House proceedings. He also demanded the release of senior Rajya Sabha MP and Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is lodged in Delhi's Tihar jail for his alleged role in the INX Media case.

(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on Nov 17, 2019 08:16 PM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website