Parliament opens with anticipation over surprise bill

Parliament opens with anticipation over surprise bill

Parliament Session commences amid speculation over surprise bill; nation awaits legislative developments

The Indian Parliament is set to commence a five-day session, sparking speculation about potential surprises from the government. The session begins with discussions on the 75-year-long parliamentary journey, encompassing achievements, experiences, memories, and learnings starting from the constituent assembly.
The government has outlined a tentative list of legislative business for the session, which includes a bill seeking to exclude the Chief Justice of India (CJI) from the panel responsible for appointing the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs). This bill also aims to align the service conditions of the CEC and two ECs with those of the cabinet secretary rather than a Supreme Court judge, as it currently stands.

Opposition's stance:

The opposition, particularly the INDIA bloc led by Congress, is prepared to vehemently oppose this bill. Jairam Ramesh, Congress's general secretary in charge of communications, has expressed strong opposition to the proposed legislation.
A total of eight bills have been listed for consideration and passage during the session, including bills like The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023, The Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023, and The Post Office Bill, 2023, among others.

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The unexpected timing of this session has led to speculation about potential legislative surprises, as the government retains the prerogative to introduce new legislation or items that were not initially part of the agenda.

Demand for women's reservation bill:

Several political parties have called for the revival of the women's reservation bill, including the Congress, which passed a resolution in its Hyderabad Congress Working Committee meeting. However, the government's stance on these demands remains uncertain.

The session will also feature a transition to the new Parliament building, marked by a ceremony at the Central Hall of the existing building. This event will commemorate the parliamentary legacy of India and emphasize the goal of becoming a developed nation by 2047.

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Although initially described as a "special session," it was later clarified that this is a regular session—the 13th session of the present Lok Sabha and the 261st session of Rajya Sabha. India typically holds Budget, Monsoon, and Winter sessions of Parliament each year, with the Winter session scheduled for November-December.


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