Delhi abuzz with rumors of snap elections as Modi Govt. calls Special Session of Parliament


Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi tweeted this picture showing the old and the new parliament buildings as a special session (the 13th Session of the 17th Lok Sabha and the 261st Session of the Rajya Sabha) to be called in Parliament from September 18th–22nd, which will have five sittings, in New Delhi on Thursday (ANI)

BJP government may put forth its achievements and explain to the people the need to hold snap polls along with state elections that are scheduled to be held this year

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In a surprise move by a tweet on Thursday Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi called for a five-day special session of Parliament from September 18th to the 22nd. The agenda for this special session, however, was not revealed.

“Special Session of Parliament (13th Session of 17th Lok Sabha and 261st Session of Rajya Sabha) is being called from 18th to 22nd September having 5 sittings. Amid Amrit Kaal looking forward to have fruitful discussions and debate in Parliament,” tweeted Joshi.

Soon after the announcement was made speculations on the agenda for the five-day session began to circulate. One of the agenda items speculated upon was dissolving the current Parliament and announcement of early Lok Sabha elections. This decision, however, can be brought about by a cabinet decision and therefore convening a special sitting of Parliament if early Lok Sabha elections was indeed the agenda, was not a requirement.

However, what could be part of the BJP government’s plan as per sources is that the government would put forth its achievements of the past five years and explain to the people via the parliament session the need to hold snap polls along with state elections that are scheduled to be held this year.

However, all this is only a matter of speculation sources said, confirming that no one is quite sure what the agenda is for the parliament session next month.

Some of the other agenda items that were in this speculative list included a discussion on the Centre’s recent achievements, including the G20 Leaders’ summit in Delhi and success of Chandrayaan-3 mission, under the second term of PM Modi coined as ‘Amrit Kaal’, a term used to denote a ‘Golden’ period of governance. Also in the possible agenda list was introduction of the ‘One Nation, One Election’ bill, which as the name suggests would mean simultaneous state and general elections.

However, One Nation – One Election would need a constitutional amendment and then it would need to be taken to state assemblies. It is not a new concept having taken place four times in the 1950’s and 60’s but India has fewer states and a smaller population that could vote.

On all the three speculative agenda items listed above there was no confirmation or denial by government sources who were asked to comment on the snap announcement of a special session.

After the Modi government called for a “special session of Parliament” to be held from September 18 to 22, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said that maybe it is an indicator of a ‘little panic’.

“I think maybe it is an indicator of a little panic. The same type of panic that happened when I spoke in Parliament House, the panic that suddenly made them revoke my Parliament membership,” a Congress leader said in Mumbai.

“So, I think it is panic because these matters are very close to the Prime Minister. Whenever you touch the Adani matter, the PM gets very uncomfortable and very nervous,” he added.

Targeting the BJP-led government over fresh allegations concerning the Adani group, Rahul Gandhi accused the Prime Minister of “being quiet” and said the least that should be done is a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe.

Addressing a press conference here, Gandhi accused the Prime Minister of “protecting one person” and asked “why he is he not forcing an investigation”.

Gandhi referred to the G20 Summit being hosted by India and the reports on the Adani group in two British papers and said the allegations impact perception about India. Congress General Secretary in-charge Communications Jairam Ramesh on Thursday launched an attack on PM Modi-led government and said that “Managing the News Cycle, Modi style”.

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