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Parliament session likely to begin in August

Parliament's monsoon session, slated to begin in July, is now likely to commence in August to enable visiting Japanese PM Shinzo Abe to address parliamentarians.

india Updated: Jun 23, 2007 17:38 IST

The Parliament's monsoon session, slated to begin in July, is now likely to commence in August to enable visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to address parliamentarians.

The session was to begin in the second week of July, as it usually does every year, and that would have coincided with the presidential poll of July 19.

The electoral college for the poll comprises MPs as well as legislators in states. All state assemblies will be in session that day to facilitate the MLAs to cast their votes.

Official sources in the parliamentary affairs ministry said the session is likely to begin in August to coincide with Abe's visit.

"The Japanese prime minister is arriving in New Delhi in August and is expected to address a joint session on Aug 22," said a source.

"When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addressed the Diet in December last year, all members were present," he said, adding that the monsoon session may begin a week ahead of Abe's visit.

The election of the vice president also will take place during the session. Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's term ends on August 19.

Although Parliament is not in session during the presidential election, meetings of parliamentary standing committees and consultative committees will be organised to facilitate the parliamentarians to be in the national capital and take part in the voting.