New Delhi: The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will commence from Monday during which the passage of the Union Budget and key legislations such as Triple Talaq will be on top of the agenda for the Narendra Modi-led government. The Lok Sabha will have 30 sittings and the Rajya Sabha 27 sittings between June 17 to July 26.
The first two days of the session will be used for administering oath of office to all Lok Sabha MPs by Protem Speaker Virender Kumar. The speaker will be elected on June 19 and the next day the president will address a joint sitting of both Houses. The budget will be introduced on July 5.
The Modi government had promulgated ten ordinances in its first term after the opposition used its majority in the Rajya Sabha to block the bills in the previous session. It had promulgated some ordinances again, including the triple talaq bill, amendment bills on Jammu and Kashmir reservation, Aadhaar laws, companies act and the Indian Medical Council Act.
Earlier on Sunday, a day before the first session, PM Modi chaired an all party meet, which was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress lawmakers Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, K Suresh, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and TMC leader Derek O’Brien.
At the meeting, the Congress raised the issues of unemployment, farmers distress, drought, and press freedom, while also calling for early conduct of assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing the media after the all-party meeting, Joshi said the prime minister urged leaders of all parties to “introspect whether members of Parliament are able to fulfil people’s aspirations as their representatives and the manner in which last two years of the 16th Lok Sabha were wasted”. Notably, an all-party meeting is a customary procedure before the beginning of every session of Parliament to ensure its smooth functioning.
Joshi said the government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their cooperation for the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament.
Besides, the ruling BJP also held its parliamentary party meet on Sunday, with Modi assuring the leaders that his government will be at the forefront of facilitating legislations that manifest the spirit of “sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas”.
Meanwhile, PM Modi invited heads of all parties to a meeting on June 19 who have an MP either in the Lower House or the Rajya Sabha to discuss the “one nation, one election” issue. The meeting will also discuss the issue of celebrations of 75 years of India’s Independence in 2022 and 150 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary this year, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said. He also invited all MPs from both houses of Parliament for a dinner on June 20 where they will interact freely and exchange views.