PM seeks help building ‘new India’ in all-party meet

At the all-party meeting on the eve of the Budget session of Parliament, Prime Minister Shir Narendra Modi sought the help of leaders of all political parties in realising the dream of building a New India by 2022, even asking them to ‘introspect’ how people’s representatives could win the hearts of the people they represented by disrupting Parliament.

PM has led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a rare successive single-party majority in the 2019 polls with 303 seats in the LS, and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) with 353 seats. The numbers would make passage of legislations in the LS easy for the government.

The highlights of the session will be the President’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament on Monday, oath-taking of new members, and election of the Speaker, the tabling of the Economic Survey on July 4, and the Union Budget on July 5.

Later in the day, the BJP also held a meeting of its parliamentary party executive committee. It has appointed new leaders for the RS, with Union Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot as its leader in the House and Piyush Goyal his deputy. Modi remains the leader of the LS, while Rajnath Singh remains his deputy. The Congress is yet to decide on its leader in the LS. Mallikarjun Kharge was its leader in the previous LS, but lost the polls. While some in the party want Congress President Rahul Gandhi to accept the job, Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor has expressed his keenness to take up the job.

After the all-party meeting, new Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shri Pralhad Joshi said the PM has proposed two new initiatives during the meeting. He said that in “order to build esprit de corps among members of all parties in Parliament, the PM has invited party chiefs of all political parties with representation in Parliament on June 19 and MPs of both Houses on June 20 for meetings”.