Special Parliament Session: In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi requested the agenda for the special session of Parliament that will take place from September 18 to 22. She also provided a list of nine topics and pleaded with the prime minister to make time in the upcoming session for their consideration.
Concerns Over Lack of Consultation and Nine Key Discussion Points
“You have convened a special five-day session of the Parliament beginning 18 September, 2023. I must point out that this Special Session has been convened without any consultation with other political parties. None of us have any idea of its agenda,” the Congress leader said. Listing nine issues to be taken up for discussion, Sonia Gandhi said, “I earnestly hope that time will be allocated under the appropriate Rules for a discussion and debate on these issues.”
Issues that Sonia Gandhi listed
- Current economic scenario with a focus on rising prices for basic goods, rising unemployment, expanding inequality, and hardship facing MSMEs.
- Government of India’s commitment to farmers and organisations representing farmers about MSP and other demands made by them.
- In light of all information, demand that a JPC look into the commercial dealings of the Adani business group.
- The ongoing suffering of the people of Manipur, the collapse of the constitutional system, and the lack of social peace in the State.
- An increase in racial animosity in various States, including Haryana.
- Chinese occupation of Indian territory is still ongoing, and Arunachal Pradesh and Ladakh are threats to our country’s sovereignty.
- Need for a Caste Census is urgent.
- Relationships between the Centre and the State are being hurt.
- Effects of extreme flooding from natural disasters in certain States and drought from disasters in others.
Special Session Sparks Concerns and Discussions
However, she said that the session “will give us an opportunity to raise matters of public concern and importance.” She further claimed that the special session was called “without any consultation with other political parties.” “I earnestly hope that in a spirit of constructive cooperation, these issues will be taken up in the forthcoming Special Session,” the letter stated. In the meantime, the INDIA alliance’s opposition parties requested on Tuesday that the government maintain transparency and not keep the nation in the dark regarding the items on the agenda of the special session of Parliament from September 18 to 22, even as they called for the women’s reservation bill to be passed quickly. The opposition parties decided to work together in the future session and bring up the Adani issue during a meeting. At the dinner gathering that Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge hosted at his home in this city, the leaders of many opposition parties also discussed the approach to take during the ensuing session. Kharge added that this is the first time a special session of Parliament has been called by the Narendra Modi administration without a clear agenda.