First session of the 17th Lok Sabha begins; members take oath

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes oath as a member of the 17th Lok Sabha, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Monday, June 17, 2019. (LSTV Grab/PTI)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi takes oath as a member of the 17th Lok Sabha, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Monday, June 17, 2019. (LSTV Grab/PTI)

The first session of 17th Lok Sabha commenced today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also the leader of the House, taking oath as Member.

As soon as the House met, the Members stood in silence for a few minutes as per the convention after the assembling of the new Lok Sabha.

When PM Modi’s name was called out, Members from the ruling NDA thumped the desk greeting the Prime Minister with slogans such as ‘Modi Modi’ and “Bharat Mata ki Jai.

The panel of presiding officers – K Suresh, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh and B Mehtab – took oath as Members after the Prime Minister.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister Amit Shah, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, and Chemical and Fertilisers Minister D V Sadanand Gowda also took oath.

The Lok Sabha will have 30 sittings and the Rajya Sabha 27 sittings between June 17 to July 26.

The Modi government had promulgated ten ordinances in its first term after the opposition used its majority in the Rajya Sabha to block the bills in the previous session.

It had promulgated some ordinances again, including the triple talaq bill, amendment bills on Jammu and Kashmir reservation, Aadhaar laws, companies act and the Indian Medical Council Act.

Among the bills that will be introduced in this session, the one on triple talaq can be contentious for the government and the opposition.

The first two days of the session will be used for administering the oath of office to all Lok Sabha MPs by Protem Speaker Virender Kumar.

The speaker will be elected on June 19 and the next day the president will address a joint sitting of both Houses.

The budget will be introduced on July 5.

Addressing the media after the all-party meeting, Joshi said the prime minister urged leaders of all parties to “introspect whether members of Parliament are able to fulfil people’s aspirations as their representatives and the manner in which last two years of the 16th Lok Sabha were wasted”.

An all-party meeting is a customary procedure before the beginning of every session of Parliament to ensure its smooth functioning.

Joshi said the government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their cooperation for the smooth functioning of both Houses of Parliament.

(PTI)