The government has convened an all-party meeting on June 19 (Wednesday) for a smooth functioning of the Parliament.
The 17th Lok Sabha comes into motion with the protem Speaker Dr Virendra Kumar, the representative from Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh, swearing in the newly elected members over the next two days, beginning Monday. This will be followed by the election of the Speaker on Wednesday.
The government has convened an all-party meeting on June 19 (Wednesday) for a smooth functioning of the Parliament. Other issues to be discussed include having simultaneous elections to the State Assemblies and the Lok Sabha. Other issues on agenda include building of New India in the 75th year of Independence and celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
The election of the Speaker is a foregone conclusion as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has the support of over 350 Members of Parliament (MPs) in the House of 542. All eyes are on the MP the government would nominate for presiding the proceedings of the Lower House of Parliament over the next five years.
The Budget session of the Parliament will commence on June 20 (Thursday) with the Rajya Sabha being convened and the joint address to both the Houses of the Parliament by President Ramnath Kovind.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Budget for 2019-20 on July 5. The government is expected to seek waiver from the process of proposals being discussed in parliamentary committees as it would be keen in passage of the Budget and the Finance Bill before July 26, the last day of the session.
The vote on account for the current finance year is available till July 31. It enables the government to collect taxes as per the previous finance bill.
The newly constituted Lok Sabha will miss the presence of several notables on both sides of the political aisle. The ruling party will be without the presence of stalwarts like LK Advani, MM Joshi and former Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. The opposition benches will be bereft of Jyotiraditya Scindia, Abhijeet Mukherjee, son of the former President Pranab Mukherjee, and former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda.
With the Congress unable to get Manmohan Singh elected to the Rajya Sabha from Assam, there will be no former Prime Minister in Parliament for some time to come.
Reeling after a stunning defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, the principal opposition party, the Indian National Congress, is yet to put its house in order. Nehru-Gandhi family scion Rahul Gandhi has refused to heed to appeals and withdraw his resignation as the president of the party.
Apart from taking up the urgent budgetary work, the government is expected to push bills seeking to penalise instant divorce among Muslims. The move has already been opposed by NDA ally Janata Dal (United). It needs to be seen how the government overcomes its numerical weakness in the Rajya Sabha.
The other legislation to be tabled includes the Aadhar Bill. It allows the voluntary use of 12-digit unique identity numbers as identity proofs for opening bank accounts and procuring mobile phone connections.
The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, the brainchild of road transport minister Nitin Gadkari, is also expected to be tabled. It proposes to set up a National Road Safety Board, increase penalties for several offences, protection of good Samaritans and uniform licensing system.
In short, a productive Budget session ahead.