Modi urges political parties to not disrupt Parliament, keep differences aside

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an all-party meeting, ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament 2019, in New Delhi on June 16, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an all-party meeting, ahead of the Budget Session of Parliament 2019, in New Delhi on June 16, 2019.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today urged all political parties to keep their political differences aside and work cohesively with the Government to ensure the smooth running of Parliament, which will meet for its first session from Monday after the recent elections.
Addressing floor leaders of various parties in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha here, he called upon them to collectively address issues related to the welfare of the people.
The Prime Minister welcomed the newly elected Members and expressed the hope that fresh zeal and energy would be infused in the functioning of the Parliament. He urged all leaders to introspect whether members of Parliament are able to fulfil the peoples’ aspirations as their representatives.
“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,” he said.
Modi exhorted all leaders to cooperate with the Government and strive in the direction of making a New India by 2022 and achieve the true meaning of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas'.
The Government is always receptive to the issues raised by all political parties and is ready to discuss all issues of national importance on the floor of both Houses of Parliament, he added.
A host of issues were brought up by the leaders of parties during the meeting. There was a consensus across party lines on ensuring smooth functioning of the Parliament without disruptions and deadlocks to be resolved through constructive discussions in both the Houses.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi said the Government had requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their co-operation for the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament.
In order to build esprit de corps among members of all parties in Parliament, the Prime Minister has put forward two new initiatives with the beginning of 17th Lok Sabha. To begin the newly constituted Lok Sabha on a positive note, Modi has invited presidents of all political parties with representation in Parliament on June 19 and members of both Houses on June 20 to interact and exchange views with the Government.
"This novel initiative would go a long way to build a team spirit among all Parliamentarians and in turn would ensure smooth functioning of Parliament in future," Joshi said.
The first session of 17th Lok Sabha is scheduled to commence tomorrow and the 249th session of Rajya Sabha on June 20, 2019.  Subject to exigencies of Government business, the session may conclude on Friday, July 26. The Minister said the session will provide 30 sittings spread over 40 days in Lok Sabha and 27 sittings spread over 37 days sittings in the Rajya Sabha.
The session will mainly be devoted to oath taking by  new members, election of Speaker, the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address, and financial business relating to Union Budget for 2019-20.  However, time will also be provided for the transaction of essential legislative and non-legislative business during the session.
A resolution seeking extension of proclamation issued by the President on December 19, 2018, under article 356 of the Constitution of India in relation to the State of Jammu and Kashmir is also required to be approved by both Houses of Parliament by July 2, 2019.
The Economic Survey of India will be presented to Parliament on July 4.The Union Budget for 2019- 20 will be presented to Lok Sabha on July 5 at 11.00 am.
Ten ordinances have been promulgated during the inter-session period which are to be replaced by Acts of Parliament as they shall cease to operate at the expiration of six weeks from the reassembly of Parliament, that is, by August 1.
A total of 146 Bills have lapsed on the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha which were in various stages in both the Houses.  Some of these important Bills are likely to be revived and brought before Parliament.
The all-party meeting was attended by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot,  Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and External Affairs V. Muraleedharan, along with other leaders.

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