At the start of the Winter Session today, PM Modi reached out to the opposition. The session is likely to see his government fend charges of growing intolerance while pushing for the passage of key bills. The session will end on December 23.

Leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has said his party is willing to cooperate with the government, provided it gives his party the confidence that it would take everybody on board.

Kharge said, "Since beginning we have said we are ready to cooperate with government... but they must give us the confidence that they are taking everybody on board. It is their responsibility to ensure smooth functioning of the house."

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Several economic reform bills are on the government's agenda, the bill to implement Goods and Services Tax (GST) being a priority. PM Modi told reporters outside Parliament, "I am hopeful that the ideas, discussions and thinking will create new innovative ideas to make the nation better."

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