‘India@75’ Special Session of Parliament Begins Today: 10 Facts

Opposition calls special session of Parliament a ‘diversionary tactic’ of BJP

New Delhi:
The five-day ‘Amrit Kaal’ session of Parliament begins today. The agenda includes discussions on the evolution of Indian parliamentary democracy. Eight bills are listed, including a controversial one on the choice of the chief election commissioner.

Here are the Top 10 points of this great story:

  1. Monday’s debate on 75 years of Parliament is likely to be opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha and senior BJP leader Piyush Goyal in the Rajya Sabha.

  2. On Tuesday at 11 am, a meeting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha MPs will be held in the Central Hall for a ceremony to “commemorate the rich heritage of the Indian Parliament and resolve to make Bharat a developed nation by 2047” . It will be followed by a photo session.

  3. After Tuesday’s ceremony in the central hall, the session will be moved to the new Parliament building. A small puja can take place since it is Ganesh Chaturthi.

  4. Legislative work will include the Chief Election Commissioner and Other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Bill, Post Office Bill, Advocates (Amendment) Bill and the draft law on the press and registration of periodicals.

  5. Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar hoisted the national flag on the new building on Sunday. Lok Saha President Om Birla was also present on the occasion.

  6. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge were absent. The Prime Minister, who turned 73, had his calendar full. Mr Kharge and other Congress leaders were attending a session of the working committee – the party’s highest decision-making body – in Hyderabad.

  7. At an all-party meeting held in the evening, several regional parties, including Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal and K Chandrasekhar Rao’s Bharat Rashtra Samithi, pushed for the tabling of the Women’s Reservation Bill.

  8. Earlier this week, the government announced the agenda, ending days of speculation about changing the country’s name or a ‘One Nation, One Election’ bill. The government claimed there was no tradition of disclosing the agenda of a special session, something the opposition vehemently disputed.

  9. Terming the special session of Parliament as a “diversionary tactic” of the BJP, opposition leaders said it was time to prioritize critical issues. Earlier, Sonia Gandhi had written to Prime Minister Modi, listing nine issues – including the violence in Manipur and the wrestlers’ protests – for discussion in the special session.

  10. A special session of Parliament was also held when India celebrated 50 years of independence. On August 15, 1997, a midnight session was called.


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