Office of President Draupadi Murmu and spokesperson said that the Parliament session has been called on September 18-22, but several ministers and party spokespersons, including Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, are calling it a ‘special session’.
This is an ‘encroachment’ in the statement and decision of the President and also a contradiction between Her Majesty and the Central Government.
We have seen and felt this situation for the first time. In the opposition, Sonia Gandhi and the leaders of the ‘INDIA’ alliance also believe that the government has taken the decision of the ‘special session’ of the Parliament on its own.
The opposition was not taken into confidence. In fact, the President has called the Parliament session only on the advice of the Government of India.
However, to get out of this confusion, we believe that a five-day Parliament session has been called.
If this is a ‘special session’, then more or less the Modi government should have made it clear under what ‘speciality’ this session has been called, while the monsoon session was ‘adjourned sine die’ on 11 August itself.
The winter session of Parliament is also usually called in late November or early December.
During that time assembly elections are to be held in some states, so central leaders of political parties will also be busy in campaigning. Is this ‘special session’ called in view of this? Will there not be a winter session?
In the context of these questions, it can be said that a five-day session is not sufficient as compared to a full session, because legislative work will be pending!
Since constitutional arrangements like ‘Zero Hour’ and ‘Question Hour’ have been kept absent in the proposed session, the question arises whether the session is really ‘special’?
If so, what is the problem in making its special agenda public? Therefore, the central leaders of political parties will also be busy in election campaign. Is this ‘special session’ called in view of this? Will there be no winter session? In the context of these questions, it can be said that a five-day session is not sufficient as compared to a full session, because legislative work will be pending! Since constitutional arrangements like ‘Zero Hour’ and ‘Question Hour’ have been kept absent in the proposed session, the question arises whether the session is really ‘special’? If so, what is the problem in making his special agenda public?
It has also been a tradition that before introducing any bill, more or less the draft has been provided to the leaders of the opposition, of the House so that they can study it properly and present their amendments in the Parliament.
What are the benefits of making the agenda of the ‘Special Session’ secret or sensational? Which secret of the government will be exposed by that?
If proposals like ‘One Country, One Election’ or ‘Women’s Reservation Bill’ or ‘Naming Bharat’ are to be presented in the ‘Special Session’, then what was the need for ‘special haste’ in these that the Parliament session had to be called hurriedly. ?
If the government wants to pass a ‘bravo resolution’ in the Parliament on the achievements of the Amrit Kal like ‘Chandrayaan-3’, ‘Aditya L-1’ and ‘G-20 Summit’, So what’s the problem with making these agendas public? What confidentiality may be breached?
Democracy doesn’t work like this. Everyone’s participation and thinking is very important in a democracy. In the present context, we feel that even the Parliamentary Affairs Minister is not aware as to why the ‘special session’ has been called, hence he is replying evasively.
Perhaps Prime Minister Modi wants to announce something only after the conclusion of the ‘G-20 Summit’!
However, Congress Parliamentary Party President Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to the Prime Minister complaining that the ‘special session’ has been called without asking the opposition. This is against the tradition of Parliament.
However, she has suggested 9 points for discussion. These are points that could have been debated during the monsoon session, but the opposition and the government stuck to their respective rules and the session was almost washed out.
Since the no-confidence motion was moved against the Modi government, yet no concrete debate has come to the fore on price rise, unemployment, farmers, Manipur and communal violence.
Although Information Minister Anurag Thakur has denied all the rumors on ‘Bharat Naamkaran’, still there is hope that there are 10 days left in the session.
Maybe the government should reveal the features of the session!