Special session from Sept 18 to recall 75 yrs of Indian Parliament

New Delhi: Hours after it called an all-party meeting on the eve of Parliament’s special session starting September 18, the Indian government Wednesday gave some indication of what was on the table.

As per a bulletin issued Wednesday evening by the Lok Sabha Secretariat for MPs, the two Houses will discuss the “Parliamentary Journey of 75 years starting from Samvidhan Sabha — Achievements, Experiences, Memories and Learnings”, and take up for consideration four Bills.

The Bills include the Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Bill, introduced during the Monsoon Session in the Lok Sabha; the Advocates (Amendment) Bill and the Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, passed by the Rajya Sabha in the Monsoon Session; and the Post Office Bill, introduced in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session.

The Rajya Sabha agenda also lists the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2023, which was passed by the Lok Sabha in July.

Since the government sprang a surprise by announcing the special session, just over a month after the Monsoon Session had ended, speculation has been rife over what could be on its pre-poll agenda. The Opposition had also been questioning the government’s silence on the issue.

While the agenda outlined by the government on Wednesday was unexceptional, and included legislation in various stages of discussion already in Parliament, sources said there could still be some surprises, and “something more substantive”, over the five days of the session.

Opposition leaders also expressed their apprehension that the government may have something up its sleeve, with one of them pointing out that “the agenda that has been circulated does not seem worthy of a special session”.

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