The centre is likely push for the passage of the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, a key BJP plank which is aimed at granting nationality to non-Muslim immigrants from neighbouring countries, in Parliament's Winter Session which beings on Monday. Among the other bills expected to be taken up are those on regularizing unauthorised colonies in Delhi and punishment for assault on doctors. The government will also bring bills to replace two ordinances on corporate tax rate cuts and ban on e-cigarettes. The opposition is likely to target the government over economic slowdown and unemployment. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed hope that the winter session of Parliament would be "productive" and "people-centric issues" would be discussed.
Ahead of the parliament's winter session, an all-party meeting was held. The BJP's executive meeting took place at 1 pm followed by an NDA meeting, At 3.30 pm, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla held a meeting with the leaders of various parties.
Here are the highlights of meetings ahead of parliament's winter session:
Had a very good NDA meeting. Our alliance represents India's diversity and the aspirations of 130 crore Indians. Together, we will leave no stone unturned in ushering a qualitative change in the lives of our farmers, youngsters, Nari Shakti and the poorest of the poor. pic.twitter.com/Mm8Rc5kkaO- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 17, 2019
Prime Minister @narendramodi attends All Parties Leaders Meeting ahead of Winter Session of Parliament beginning tomorrow#WinterSession to have 20 sittings between 18th November 2019 to 13th December 2019- PIB India (@PIB_India) November 17, 2019
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At the government-convened meeting, the Opposition demanded that the issues of economic slowdown, job loss and farm distress must be discussed during the session, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said.
At the meeting attended by 27 parties, PM Modi said most important job of the House is to discuss and debate, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters.
PM Modi said that this session should also be as productive as the last one, according to Joshi.
"Government is ready to discuss all issues within the framework of rules and procedures of the Houses," PM was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the Parliament Library Building for the all party meeting called by Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, ahead of winter session of Parliament. The Winter Session of the Parliament begins tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/E3GQ1gnUjA- ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2019
- Amit Shah
- Anand Sharma
- Anupriya Patel
- Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary
- Sanjay Singh
- Manoj Jha
- Ram Gopal Yadav
- Ghulam Nabi Azad
- Chirag Paswan
- Satish Chandra Mishra
- Lallan Singh
- Ramdas Athawale
- Danis Ali
- Arjun Ram Meghwal
- TR Balu
- A Navneet Krishnan
- T K Rangarajan
- Vinod Vishwam
- B Muralitharan
- Vijay Sai Reddy
- Derek O Brian
- Sudeep Bandopadhyay
A day before the winter session of parliament begins, several key meets, including two all party meetings are in the line-up today where leaders across party lines will discuss the agenda for the next session.
Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah, Union Minister Thawarchand Gehlot, Arjun Ram Meghwal arrive for the all party meeting called by Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, ahead of winter session of Parliament which begins tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/7NLNZCEbWw- ANI (@ANI) November 17, 2019
Parliament's Winter Session: Tax, E-Cigarette Ordinances To Be Replaced
The winter session of Parliament will see government replacing two ordinances -- one on tax and another on ban of e-cigarettes, news agency IANS reports
According to both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha business list, about 35 legislations, including the crucial Industrial Relations Code, will be taken up during the winter session of Parliament beginning Monday including the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Ordinance, 2019 (No. 14 of 2019) promulgated by the President on 18th September, 2019 and the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 promulgated by the President on 20th September, 2019.
The massive political turmoil in Maharashtra that has divided two of the country's oldest allies has also triggered a revision of seating arrangements in the Rajya Sabha."