New Delhi, June 18: Several elected leaders, including first-time MPs, who are yet to take oath, will be administered oath by the Speaker on Tuesday. On Monday, leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and other members took oath as the 17th Lok Sabha commenced proceedings. Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday will chair a meeting of Congress' Parliament strategy group to chalk out an approach for the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament. Parliament Monsoon Session 2019: Linguistic Diversity On Show as New Members Take Oath in Lok Sabha.
According to sources, the meeting aims at discussing and finalising a common agenda to ensure better floor coordination among the Opposition parties. While speaking to ANI, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma had said that the government should end the ordinance culture and should respect the parliamentary process and important bills should be sent to Parliament Committees before being discussed in the house. Parliament Monsoon Session 2019: PM Narendra Modi Plays Statesman, Says 'Every Word of Opposition Counts'.
The Monsoon Session of the Parliament will go on till July 26 and the budget will be tabled on July 5. The Lok Sabha will have a total of 30 sittings and Rajya Sabha 27 sittings, ending July 26. The session becomes more important as the Union Budget and some key legislations including the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill will be presented.
On the first day of the monsoon session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Opposition need not "bother about their numbers" as their every word is "valuable" to the government. He urged all MPs to be impartial in the House and address issues related to the larger interest of the nation. In his address to media outside parliament before the commencement of the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, the Prime Minister said, "When we come to Parliament, we should forget 'paksh' (treasury) and 'vipaksh' (opposition). We should think about issues with a 'nishpaksh' (impartial) spirit and work in the larger interest of the nation."
The Congress, being the largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha, now has the responsibility to coordinate among the opposition parties to corner the Modi government at various issues. However, it falls short of the required number for the leader of the Opposition post. Congress won a meagre 52 seats in the recently concluded general elections.