parliament: Parliament monsoon session likely to start from July 3rd week


The monsoon session of Parliament will start from the third week of July and is likely to conclude on August 10, sources said on Tuesday.

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs chaired by Union minister Rajnath Singh will finalise the dates in a day or two, they said.

As per the dates proposed before the Cabinet, the session could start either from July 17 or July 20 and may conclude on August 10, sources added.

Though the new Parliament building has been inaugurated, some work is still going on. So in case the new Parliament could not be fully prepared to hold a session, the possibility of holding it in the old building cannot be ruled out, they said.

The main highlight of the session is going to be the bill to replace the Union government’s ordinance giving more administrative powers to the Lieutenant Governor’s office, against which AAP convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is meeting Opposition leaders seeking support against the bill. Congress is yet to announce its stand on the bill.

The ordinance nullifies the Supreme Court’s May 11 judgement giving the Delhi government greater legislative and administrative control over “services” as it gives the L-G final say in the matter.In the Lok Sabha, the bill will be passed easily as the BJP-led NDA enjoys a clear majority in the lower House. While in the Rajya Sabha, where the current strength is 238 with seven vacant seats – four from Jammu and Kashmir, two nominated and one from West Bengal which brings down the majority mark in the Upper House to 120 – the BJP-led government may face some resistance.The BJP-led NDA, with the support of nominated members has a strength of 111 members in the upper House as against the Opposition’s combined strength of 106, excluding friendly parties such as YSRCP, BJD, BSP, TDP and Janata Dal (Secular). Together these five parties have 21 members and have not announced their support to the AAP like other Opposition parties.


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