Ahead of Monsoon Session of Parliament, the government has convened an all party meeting on Sunday, 18th July. Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has called the all-party meeting at 11 am on July 18 in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to be present. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will also chair an all-party meeting of the floor leaders of the lower house of Parliament on July 18.
An all-party meeting is a customary procedure before the beginning of every session of Parliament to ensure its smooth functioning. The government also has a series of legislations on its agenda in the Parliament session which will conclude on August 13.
During the meeting, Centre will seek support of political parties to ensure smooth functioning of both the Houses of Parliament. Expecting the monsoon session of the Parliament to be stormy amid the second wave of the pandemic, Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders held a meeting on Tuesday to deliberate on the party’s strategy for the session. Sources said the meeting took place at the residence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and was attended by BJP chief JP Nadda, Union Ministers Amit Shah, Dharmendra Pradhan, Bhupendra Yadav, Pralhad Joshi, Arjun Ram Meghwal. Twenty senior BJP leaders attended the meeting, the sources said. The Monsoon Session will start on 19th of this month and conclude on 13th August. The session will have 19 sittings of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
Earlier at a press conference, Birla said, “In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, all arrangements to adhere to preventive norms will be followed during the monsoon session.” The Opposition is gearing up to corner the BJP-led NDA government on a range of issues including price rise, increasing cost of diesel and petrol and issues related to tackling of COVID-19 pandemic.