Later in the day, the BJP also held a meeting of its parliamentary party executive committee. It has appointed new leaders for the RS, with Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot its leader in the House and Piyush Goyal his deputy. Modi remains the leader of the LS, while Rajnath Singh remains his deputy. The Congress
is yet to decide on its leader in the LS. Mallikarjun Kharge was its leader in the previous LS, but lost the polls. While some in the party want Congress
President Rahul Gandhi
to accept the job, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor
has expressed his keenness to take up the job.
PM asked all leaders to cooperate with Centre to achieve true meaning of sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas
Opposition demanded discussion on farm distress, unemployment, and drought
Modi invited presidents of all political parties on June 19 and MPs of both Houses on June 20 to discuss ‘one nation, one election’ and issues of ‘aspirational districts’
Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad called for early conduct of Assembly polls in J&K
TMC’s Sudip Bandyopadhyay bemoaned the trend of Bills not being referred to House panels for scrutiny, poll reforms, including state funding and paper ballots
After the all-party meeting, new Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi
said the PM has proposed two new initiatives. He said that in “order to build esprit de corps among members of all parties, the PM has invited party chiefs with representation in Parliament on June 19 and MPs of both Houses on June 20 for meetings”.
The June 19 meeting had a five-point agenda — ways to improve the productivity of Parliament, ‘one country, one election’, building of a New India in the 75th year of Independence, celebration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary, and development of ‘aspirational districts’. In his address, the PM asked leaders of all parties to work cohesively with the Centre in running the House smoothly and collectively address issues related to the welfare of people. He “urged all leaders to introspect whether MPs are able to fulfil peoples’ aspirations as their representatives.” “We are for the people. We cannot win hearts by disrupting the functioning of the House. All parties must keep differences aside and commit themselves to tirelessly work in the direction of nation’s progress,” said Modi. He asked leaders to cooperate with the government to strive in the direction of making a New India by 2022 and achieve the true meaning of ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’.
The LS will sit from June 17 to July 26. It would take up key Bills and need to replace 10 Ordinances promulgated during the inter-session period with Acts of Parliament. The two Houses would also need to approve a resolution, seeking extension of President’s rule in Jammu & Kashmir. The triple talaq Bill is one of 46 Bills that have lapsed on the dissolution of the previous LS, and some of these are likely to be revived and brought before Parliament.
The government has reached out to the Opposition parties, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Joshi meeting UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi
last week. Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad
said after the meeting that his party would support all those Bills which are in the interests of the people. He said farm distress, unemployment, and drought be discussed and called for early conduct of Assembly elections in J&K. TMC’s Bandyopadhyay called for electoral reforms, including state funding of elections, and paper ballots. He bemoaned that fewer Bills were now being sent for scrutiny to parliamentary committees.
June 17-July 26:
First session of 17th LS
June 20-July 26:
249th session of RS
LS will have 30 sittings over 40 days
RS will have 27 sittings over 37 days
Session to have oath-taking of new members, election of Speaker, President’s address to the joint sitting
Resolution approving extension of President’s rule in J&K by both Houses
10 ordinances promulgated during inter-session need to be replaced by Acts
Some of the 46 Bills lapsed on dissolution of 16th LS likely to be revived
Fresh Bill to ban instant triple talaq to replace Ordinance; previous Bill passed in LS, but couldnot clear RS
Other Bills likely to be introduced relate to Aadhaar, Indian Medical Council, Homoeopathy Central Council, Motor Vehicles