Invites to chiefs of all parties, MPs as Modi reaches out to opposition
PM Narendra Modi assured parties that govt will be receptive to all suggestions made in Parliament.
In a new initiative, he invited chiefs of all parties having representation in Parliament for a meeting next week to discuss key issues like the feasibility of holding simultaneous general and Assembly elections and ways in which the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi can be held. The government has also invited all MPs from both Houses to freely interact with the PM and ministers on June 20 to discuss their issues and concerns.
At the all-party meeting on the smooth functioning of Parliament from June 17 to July 26, Modi sought the cooperation of all parties for “sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas,” the slogan of inclusive growth given by him after the general election victory. The PM also sought the support of all for ushering in New India by 2022. Modi expressed hope that all parties will work cohesively for smooth functioning of Parliament. “We are for the people, we cannot win hearts by disrupting the functioning of the Parliament. All parties must keep political differences aside and commit themselves to tirelessly work in the direction of nation’s progress,” the prime minister said at the meeting. He assured the opposition that the government is receptive to all issues they wish to raise in Parliament. Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said the PM has taken two new initiatives. “The prime minister has invited presidents of all parties having representation in Parliament to meet him on June 19, and all MPs on June 20 to freely interact and exchange views with the government,” Joshi said.
Government has important issues on its agenda for this session which will begin with oath-taking by the newly elected members of the Lok Sabha. On June 19, the new LS Speaker will be elected while President Ram Nath Kovind will deliver his customary address on June 20 in Central Hall. Rajya Sabha will be convened from June 20 when its members will attend the President’s Address.
Lok Sabha will have 30 sittings, three more than the Upper House. Other than the Economic Survey on July 4 and the Union budget the following day, government intends to bring Bills on 10 Ordinances that were promulgated after the end of the last Parliament session.
Extension of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir will also be taken up by both Houses.
Opposition parties raised several points during the all-party meeting. TMC leaders Sudip Bandopadhyay and Derek O’Brien emphasised that there is a need for legislation on electoral reforms, including state funding of elections and use of ballot paper. They also expressed concern that in Lok Sabha, only 25% of the Bills are being sent to the Standing Committees for scrutiny.