Parliament Special Session LIVE: Five-Day Session Begins Today

The Parliament of India is set to begin a five-day special session today, which will conclude on 22 September. Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the media before the session, stating that on 19 September, the Members of Parliament (MPs) will move to the new building. PM Modi also mentioned that although the session will be short, historic decisions will be taken during these five days.

During this special session, around eight bills have been listed for consideration and passage. Additionally, the session will also discuss Parliament’s 75-year journey. For the first time, the House proceedings will take place at the new Parliament building from tomorrow, 19 September, coinciding with Ganesh Chaturthi.

The announcement of the Special Session came as a surprise in political circles, as parties gear up for assembly polls in five states later this year. Opposition parties have criticized the BJP-led central government for calling a special session without disclosing the agenda.

Here are the latest updates from Parliament’s Special Session:

★PM Modi’s speech in Lok Sabha: PM Modi spoke in the Lok Sabha, reminiscing about various historic moments in Parliament. He mentioned Atal Vajpayee’s government falling by just one vote, Indira Gandhi’s decision on Pakistan’s partition and the formation of Bangladesh, and Nehru’s famous poem “At the stroke of Midnight Hour.”

★PM Modi lauds the contribution of chamber attendants and House officials in ensuring the smooth functioning of Parliament.

★PM Modi highlights the shared memories and heritage of the Parliament, acknowledging the contributions of leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, and Manmohan Singh.

★PM Modi bids an emotional farewell to the old Parliament building, expressing gratitude for the love and support he has received from the people.

★Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla commences the special session, congratulating the nation for successfully organizing the G20 Summit.

★Congress MP Rahul Gandhi arrives for the special session.

★DMK MP Tiruchi Siva criticizes the government for hiding the agenda of the special session, alleging that the winter session has been preponed without proper information.

★BJP MP Saroj Pandey praises PM Modi for inducting more women into his cabinet.

★Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi arrives at the Parliament.

★Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi requests opposition parties to attend the Special Parliament Session.

★Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrive at the old Parliament building.

★PM Modi announces that proceedings will commence at the new Parliament building from tomorrow, on Ganesh Chaturthi.

As the special session of Parliament begins, all eyes are on the historic decisions and discussions that will take place over the next five days. Stay tuned for more updates on Mint’s LIVE blog.

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