Special Parliament session begins today, eight Bills likely to be taken up

New Delhi: Opposition pushes for passage of Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha

BY | Monday, 18 September, 2023

The Special Session of the Parliament will begin on Monday. Earlier, the Opposition had complaint about being kept in dark over the agendas of the surprise session. There are speculations that the government may introduce the “One Nation, One Election”.

On Sunday, a meeting of the Government with Floor Leaders of all Political Parties was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. During the meeting the leaders were also informed by Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi that tentatively eight Bills were likely to be taken up during the five sittings over the next five days.

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Those eight Bills may include the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Bill, 2023; The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022; The Post Office Bill, 2023; The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023; The Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023; Senior Citizens Welfare Bill, 2023; and The Constitution (SC/ST) Order, 2023.

Meanwhile, the Opposition including Congress has pushed for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha during the Special Session that begins on Monday. “The Congress party has for the past nine years been demanding that the Women’s Reservation Bill already passed by the Rajya Sabha should now get passed by the Lok Sabha as well,” Congress leader Jairam Ramesh wrote on X.

It was also informed that on Tuesday, there would be a photoshoot and a function in the Central Hall to commemorate the rich legacy of the Parliament of India and resolve to make Bharat a developed nation by 2047 before moving to the new Parliament building.

The meeting concluded with the MPs paying their respects to the soldiers and an officer of J&K Police who sacrificed their lives combating with terrorists in J&K recently. Silence of one minute was also observed as a mark of respect.

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