New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Ahead of the commencement of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed hope that the Parliament will give an "unequivocal message" that the country stands with its soldiers.

"Our soldiers are standing firm at the borders with a lot of courage, passion and strong resolve to protect their motherland. They are standing on difficult heights and in a few days, will weather snow. In the same manner, I am confident parliament will send a message, in one voice, that it stands firmly behind soldiers guarding our borders," PM Modi said.

The statement from the Prime Minister comes at a time when India is engaged in a border standoff with China across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh. The opposition has alleged that the government was not able to deal with China swiftly. Amid this, media reports have suggested that the government will likely make a statement on India-China border standoff in the Parliament on Monday.  

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Meanwhile, PM Modi during his address ahead of the beginning of the Parliament Monsoon Session also spoke about the coronavirus crisis and urged people to be cautious till a vaccine is developed against the dreadful disease.

"Jab tak dawai nahi tab tak koi dhilai nahi. We want that a vaccine be developed at the earliest from any corner of the world, our scientists succeed and we succeed in bringing everyone out of this problem," PM Modi noted.

He also hailed the MPs for choosing 'duty' against the virus and noted that the Monsoon Session of the Parliament is beginning in "distinct times".

"Parliament session is beginning in distinct times. There's Corona and there's duty. MPs chose the path to duty. I congratulate and express gratitude to them. This time RS-LS will be held at different times in a day. It'll be held on Saturday-Sunday too. All MPs accepted this," he said.

The Monsoon Session of the Parliament began on Monday amid the fears of the novel coronavirus. According to the government, 18 bills and two financial items will be discussed in this session of the Parliament.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma