On 13th September, a special session in Parliament was scheduled by the government to discuss the 75-year journey, starting from the Samvidhan Sabha, the five-day session was scheduled to take place from September 18th. During this session, the government included a bill relating to the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and other election commissioners for consideration and passage. This bill was initially introduced during the previous Monsoon session in the Rajya Sabha.
The discussions basically centered around the theme of the “Parliamentary Journey of 75 years”. This discussion will include various aspects like achievements, experiences, memories and lessons that were learned from this significant journey, several formal proceedings like presentation of official papers will take place during the session.
The Lok Sabha’s agenda includes two important bills. First, the Amendment Bill of 2023, and second, the Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill of 2023, which was already approved by the Rajya Sabha on August 3, 2023. In addition to the previously mentioned agenda items, as reported in an official bulletin, the Lok Sabha has included the Post Office Bill of 2023 in its list of business matters. It is important to note that this bill had been initially introduced in the Rajya Sabha on August 10, 2023. The Lok Sabha will undertake the discussions and deliberations on this proposed legislation during the ongoing parliamentary session.
Furthermore, in preparation for the upcoming five-day Parliament session, a meeting was scheduled for floor leaders from all political parties. As announced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi this meeting took place on September 17th, a day before the commencement of the session. During this meeting, leaders from various political parties discussed the agenda, strategies and important issues to be addressed during the parliamentary session.
As communicated by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on the social media platform X, invitations were formally issued to all relevant leaders via email for the forthcoming meeting to provide the context of the meeting. Joshi had previously announced a “special session” of Parliament on 30th August, regarding the five day meeting.
In one of his earlier social media posts on platform X, Joshi expressed his predictions for the parliamentary session, appealing the term “Amid Amrit Kaal,” suggesting a time of auspicious opportunity, and he conveyed his eagerness for productive discussions and debates in Parliament. The absence of a specified agenda for the upcoming parliamentary session has given rise to various speculations within political circles and among the public. Some of the topics include the Women’s Reservation Bill, the Uniform Civil Code, the possibility of simultaneous elections, and other potential subjects of discussion.
They have criticized the lack of transparency and expressed concerns about the limited time left before the session begins, emphasizing the need for clarity regarding the session’s objectives and priorities.