First session of 16th Lok Sabha from June 4

Speaker’s election on June 6, Sumitra Mahajan likely choice for job.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2014 12:35 am
Senior ministers after a Cabinet meeting at South Block in New Delhi on Thursday. (Renuka Puri) Senior ministers after a Cabinet meeting at South Block in New Delhi on Thursday. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

The first session of the 16th Lok Sabha will commence from June 4. A decision to this effect was taken by the Union Council of Ministers at a meeting here on Thursday.

Briefing the media after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the first two days had been earmarked for swearing in the newly elected members. The Speaker’s election was scheduled for June 6. President Pranab Mukherjee will address a joint sitting of both Houses on June 9, which would mark the actual beginning of the session.

For the Rajya Sabha, the first sitting after the constitution of the new Lok Sabha will follow the Presidential Address. Both Houses will discuss and pass the motion of thanks to the Presidential Address before concluding the first phase of the session on June 11.

The government plans reconvening the session in July so that it can work on the budget in the meanwhile. The vote-on-account, passed by during the the previous regime, will last till July. The new government has to put its budget through by then.

The new members would be sworn in by pro tem speaker Kamal Nath with the assistance of a panel of three chairmen — Arjun Charan Sethi of the BJD, P A Sangma of the NPP and Biren Singh Engti of the Congress.

There is a buzz in BJP circles that senior member Sumitra Mahajan was a likely choice for the speaker’s job, though former deputy PM L K Advani and former Union minister Murli Manohar Joshi, who have been both elected to Lok Sabha, are also understood to have indicated their willingness to shoulder the responsibility.

Modi, however, may not be receptive to the idea of either of the two senior leaders becoming the speaker. “We have not zeroed in on anyone,” Naidu said when asked about the BJP choice for speakership. “We don’t want to zero in anyone.”

The Parliamentary Affairs Minister was as elusive on the issue of the recognition of a leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha in the light of the fact that no party which is opposed to the Modi government has a 10 per cent strength in the Lok Sabha. “We are studying various precedents while discussing the issue. There is still time to take that call,” he said.

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    Durgesh Nandan
    May 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    BJP should respect mandate and also respect country’s Muslims, BJP kills 20000 Muslims in Gujarat, and Gujarat has 22,485 waqf properties, whose benefits are likely enjo by the state government, which was reluctant to provide detail information when sought through RTI. As per available information, Gujarat now has only 11,592 waqf properties. Where are the remaining nearly 11,000 properties gone?
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    Durgesh Nandan
    May 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    BJP should respect mandate and also respect country’s Muslims, Gujarat failed in implementing Prime Minister’s 15-point program. Minority students could not benefit from scholarship scheme. What could be worse than this?
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    Durgesh Nandan
    May 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    BJP should respect mandate and also respect country’s Muslims, Gujarat tops in keeping young Muslims behind bars as per Sachar report. Rajender Sachar himself told UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav that most of the Muslim youngsters behind bars in Gujarat are from Uttar Pradesh. A 2012 report from National Crime Record Bureau that shows 932 Muslims were convicted in 2012, which was 24% of total prisoners’ potion. In the same year, 151 Muslims were detained, which is 30% of jail potion.
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    Durgesh Nandan
    May 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    BJP should respect mandate and also respect country’s Muslims, Modi alone can answer this as he’s been ruling the state even before Sachar report was released. Whereas in Bihar, there were 2,548 waqf properties as per government records, slightly higher than 2,459 per Sachar report. And these properties are generating substantial revenue.
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    Durgesh Nandan
    May 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    BJP should respect mandate and also respect country’s Muslims, Modi should answer to his brother Prahlad Modi, who came out to express his discontent against irregularities of the state government in delivering basic food items to people. He said that large scale fraud in Gujarat is being carried out in the government’s fair price shops at the cost of the poor.
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    Durgesh Nandan
    May 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    BJP should respect mandate and also respect country’s Muslims, Modi talked about literacy in his speech. The condition of schools in his ‘vibrant Gujarat’ is not better than Kerala or any other Industrialist state. What’s being taught in school is a matter of intellectual political debate.
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    Durgesh Nandan
    May 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    BJP should respect mandate and also respect country’s Muslims, as per Sachar report only 5.4% Muslims are emplo in government services, while Bihar has robust 11.2%.
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    Durgesh Nandan
    May 31, 2014 at 12:13 pm
    BJP should respect mandate and also respect country’s Muslims, the Sachar report shows that Muslims in Gujarat are just over SC/STs in terms of poverty, while they are far behind OBCs and Hindus. The New York Times editorial also pointed out that there’s no “big improvement” and poverty has “substantially declined” in 2011-2012 per newer available data.
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