Minister misled, earlier agenda was told before special session: Congress

The Congress on Wednesday alleged that Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi has misled by saying that the central government has followed various rules and procedures in calling a special session of Parliament. Party general secretary Jairam Ramesh also said that on several occasions in the past, governments had informed about its agenda before convening the special session. He also gave many examples in this context.

Taking a dig at Joshi, Jairam Ramesh posted on the social media platform ‘X’, “How much will Joshi ji mislead? The agenda of each particular session/meeting was known in advance. It is only the Modi government which is continuously insulting the Parliament and distorting the parliamentary traditions.

He said that the previous governments had called several special meetings for Constitution Day, Quit India Movement and other such occasions and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governments were also involved in doing so.

Special session was held to implement GST

Ramesh said, ‘On June 30, 2017, a joint special session was held in the Central Hall at midnight to implement GST. A special session of the Lok Sabha was called in July 2008 for a trust vote after the Left parties withdrew support to the UPA-I government.

According to him, a special session was called from August 26, 1997 to September 1, 1997, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. Earlier, there were two occasions when the Upper House met for a special session after the dissolution of the Lok Sabha.

Special meeting was held on the 70th anniversary of the constitution

Ramesh said, ‘In November 2019, in the midst of the already ongoing winter session, a special meeting was held before noon in the central hall to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Constitution. August 9, 2017 – In the midst of the monsoon session already underway, a special meeting was held to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement.

He said, ‘Special meeting to celebrate Constitution Day on 26 and 27 November, 2015. A special sitting was held on 13 May 2012 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the first meeting of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha during the ongoing budget session.

Rules and procedures were followed in calling the session of Parliament

Earlier, in a reply letter to former Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the central government has followed the relevant rules and procedures in convening the session of Parliament from September 18-22. Joshi said that there is no tradition of consulting political parties before convening the session of Parliament.

Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday saying that no agenda was listed for the special session. He also urged for discussion on 9 issues including caste census, border dispute with China, and Manipur violence.

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