LS Adjourned, Cong Supports Om Birla’s Candidature as Speaker
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The second day of the 17th Lok Sabha saw heckling, slogan raising and heated exchanges. TMC MPs were accosted by chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ , while slogans of ‘Mandir Wahi Banayenge’ were raised as Sakshi Maharaj took oath.
SP’s Shafiqur Rahman objected to saying ‘Vande Mataram’ claiming it is against the tenets of Islam, while Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM chanted "Jai Bheem, Jai Meem, Takbeer Allahu Akbar, Jai Hind" in response to the ruling side’s slogans.
The presiding officer directed that no slogans will go on record. The next session will begin at 11 am, 19 June.
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- Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh, among others, took oath as members of the 17th Lok Sabha
- 313 MPs took oath of duty during the first session of the Parliament
- The Lok Sabha will have 30 sittings and the Rajya Sabha 27 sittings between 17 June to 26 July
- The Speaker will be elected on 19 June and on the day after, 20 June, the president will address a joint sitting of both Houses
- The Budget will be presented on 5 July by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
PM Modi Chairs All-Party Meet Ahead of First Session
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chairing an all-party meeting on the eve of the first session, invited heads of all parties to a meeting on 19 June 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.
Modi also invited all MPs from both houses of Parliament for a dinner on 20 June where they will interact freely and exchange views.
"Both these are initiatives are aimed to build 'esprit de corps' among members of all parties in Parliament," Joshi said.
Noting that there are many new faces in this Lok Sabha, Modi said the first session of the Lower House of Parliament should begin with "fresh zeal and new thinking".
J&K Polls, Farm Distress, Unemployment Dominate Oppn Agenda at All-Party Meet
A day before the Budget session of Parliament, the Congress on Sunday, 16 June, raised with the government issues of unemployment, farmers distress, drought, and press freedom, while also calling for early conduct of Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir.
At an all-party meeting called by the government, the opposition parties demanded discussion on all such issues in Parliament, with the Congress asserting that it is still a "fight of ideologies".
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 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 were present at the meeting.
The Opposition also strongly raised the issue of women's reservation bill with Trinamool Congress leaders Sudip Bandyopadhyay and O'Brien asserting that the bill be listed and passed in the current session of Parliament.
The Opposition also flagged concerns over weakening of federalism and asserted that "deliberately targeting of states is unacceptable".
Women and Child Development Ministry Plans to Introduce Bill to Amend JJ Act
The Union Women and Child Development Ministry plans to move a bill in the Parliament which amends the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, reported Hindustan Times.
The proposed amendment aims at widening the district magistrate’s role when it comes to overseeing and monitoring the implementation of adoption process.
PM Has Guided Us to Work for Nation: Prahlad Joshi
Ahead of the Parliament session, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said, “As per mandate, ruling party and Opposition hold a role to play for the country. Prime Minister has guided us to work together for nation. We all are making the efforts to achieve the same.”
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