On the eve of India’s five-day special parliamentary session, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi called upon a gathering of floor leaders from all parties on September 17, before the session commencing on September 18, he tweeted on social media platform X.
The Union Minister Joshi tweeted, “Ahead of the parliament session from the 18th of this month, an all-party floor leaders meeting has been convened on the 17th at 4.30 PM. The invitation for the same has been sent to concerned leaders through email.”
The Indian government's decision to call the special session of Parliament has remained mysterious as no official reason is provided. Speculation abounds, with some BJP leaders suggesting it could be a platform to showcase recent achievements, like the successful G20 Summit and Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission. In contrast, others hint at a potential game-changing move ahead of the upcoming elections.
The Opposition has raised concerns about the government's decision to exclude Question Hour, Zero Hour, and private member Bills from the special session, prompting questions about the transparency and adherence to parliamentary norms during this unusual parliamentary gathering, reported Indian Express on September 13.
Opposition Congress leader Jairam Ramesh tweeted in response to the special gathering, "The five-day special session of Parliament will commence five days from now, and nobody — barring One Man (ok, perhaps the Other One too) — has any sense of the agenda." This lack of transparency has raised eyebrows and fueled uncertainty about the government's intentions for the upcoming parliamentary gathering.
Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi wrote to Minister Narendra Modi last week, requesting a discussion and debate on several issues, including the country's current economic situation, reported Hindustan Times. Gandhi expressed concern that the session was being convened without consulting other political parties, leaving them in the dark about its agenda and objectives.
Generally, the Indian government conducts three annual parliamentary sessions: the Budget, Monsoon, and Winter. However, this upcoming special session is a unique occurrence during the nine-year tenure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. While a special joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha took place to commemorate the midnight GST roll-out on June 30, 2017, this special session will distinguish itself by spanning a full five days, with both Houses convening separately, mirroring the standard practice during regular sessions.
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