16th Lok Sabha opens on June 4

  • Saubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 30, 2014 00:38 IST

The first session of the new Lok Sabha, which may see the Narendra Modi government spell out some of its key policies, has been slated for June 4-11.

The first two days of the Lok Sabha will be spent on oath-taking of the members. On June 6, the new Speaker would be elected.

Speculations are rife that the BJP may opt between tribal veteran Karia Munda and former minister Sumitra Mahajan. Both leaders are eight-term MPs in the House. The Rajya Sabha will sit from June 9.

The President will address a joint session of both Houses on June 9. The government zeroed in on this schedule to give itself enough elbow room to prepare the President’s speech for the first session.

“The President’s speech will be the first vision statement of the government on the floor of the House. Ministries have been asked to give substantial inputs for that speech. This process is expected to take some time as ministers have taken charge last Monday,” said a source.

While announcing the session schedule, parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu informed the reporters that PM Modi has directed ministers to prepare agenda for the first 100 days. Sources said that a large part of the agenda will be reflected in the President’s speech.

The debate on the President’s speech will take place on June 10 and 11, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first speech in two Houses – as reply to the motion of thanks for the President’s speech -- is expected on June 11.

The Modi government will have a separate budget session towards the June-end or early-July to present its first full budget.

PM Modi is yet to take the political call on the two key ordinances on empowering SEBI to probe ponzi scams and tightening law against atrocities on SC/STs.

The two ordinances were brought during the UPA era. The ordinance on TRAI act to facilitate the appointment of Nripendra Mishra in the PMO as Modi’s principal secretary may also come up during the session for the approval of the House.

The Modi government is in a minority in Rajya Sabha. In case it fails to get the nod of the Upper House on TRAI ordinance, options are open under Article 108 of the Constitution for a joint session of the Parliament to approve it.

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