With the first parliamentary session of the 17th Lok Sabha about to begin, focus is on politically sensitive issues such as Triple talaq bill. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance government is expected to press forward with the bill as one of its top priorities.
In addition to the Talaq bill issue, atmosphere inside the parliament is expected to sour as the Opposition, fresh from its defeat in the polls, will try to corner the government by initiating debates on issues such as unemployment, farmers' distress, drought and press freedom. The leading opposition party, Congress, has already took a shot by raising these matters in the all-party meeting that was chaired by the prime minister.
While the Congress has claimed that the session will witness the ‘clash of ideologies,’ the ruling BJP is likely to stand by the prime minister, who after the BJP parliamentary party meeting, assured the country that the government will be at the forefront of facilitating legislation that manifests the spirit of 'sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas'.
PM pitches for non-disruptive parliament
Earlier, Modi had urged floor leaders of different political parties in the parliament to keep political differences aside and not disrupt the functioning of the two Houses. the PM also urged parties to work cohesively with the government for the smooth functioning of the House.
The prime minister also invited heads of all parties to a meeting on June 19 to discuss the 'one nation, one election' issue among other key matters. The session, which will begin today and end on July 26, will have 30 sittings, while the budget will be introduced on July 5.
(With agency inputs)