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Parliament LIVE: Congress Meets on Day 2 of Budget Session But No Decision on Leader in Lok Sabha Yet

News18.com | June 18, 2019, 12:47 PM IST
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Parliament LIVE: The Congress top brass, including Sonia Gandhi and party chief Rahul Gandhi, held a meeting here to decide the strategy on key matters such as Lok Sabha Speaker’s election and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to discuss the ‘one nation, one election’ issue. However, party leaders said no discussion was held on the issue of appointment of leader of party in the Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, Kota MP Om Birla is set to be the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha as the Lower House of Parliament meets on Day 2 of the Budget Session today. The Speaker is the conventional head of the Lower House with a constitutional status at par with that of the Chief Justice of India. It is the Speaker who decides when a member speaks, how much time she gets, what gets included in official account and which statements get expunged, and whether, in cases of a member causing disturbance, she remains in the House or is expelled from it.
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Jun 18, 2019 12:47 pm (IST)

Karti Chidambaram, Congress Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu's Sivaganga, takes oath.

Jun 18, 2019 12:29 pm (IST)

Pralhad Joshi on the candidature | "PM, Defence Min, Home Min, Transport Min were the proposers. BJD, Shiv Sena, National People's Party, Mizo National Front, Akali Dal, Lok Janshakti Party, YSRCP, JDU, AIADMK, & Apna Dal have signed the proposal," Union Minister Pralhad Joshi said. "We have talked to Congress, they haven't signed the proposal yet but they won't oppose it, I've met Ghulam Nabi Azad."

Jun 18, 2019 12:15 pm (IST)

Others Sworn In | IUDF leader Badruddin Ajmal and former Union ministers Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Preneet Kaur were also administered oath on the second-day of the maiden session.

Jun 18, 2019 12:11 pm (IST)

Slippage | There was a slip of tongue by the BJP MP from Gurdaspur, Sunny Deol, when he said "withhold the sovereignty and integrity of the country" instead of "uphold the sovereignty and integrity of the country", but he quickly rectified it.

Jun 18, 2019 11:56 am (IST)

Birla Wins 10 Parties' Support | 10 parties including National People's Party, Mizo National Front, Lok Janshakti Party, YSRCP, JDU, AIADMK, APNA DAL, & BJD to also support Om Birla's candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker.

Jun 18, 2019 11:49 am (IST)

YSR Congress, AIADMK support Birla | YSR Congress Party and AIADMK, after the BJD, also express support for Om Birla's candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker.

Jun 18, 2019 11:47 am (IST)

BJD Supports Birla | Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has passed a resolution to support NDA candidate Om Birla for his candidature for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker. Om Birla will file his nomination around 12 pm, today.

Jun 18, 2019 11:46 am (IST)

BJP National Working President J P Nadda arrives at the Parliament. Speculations were rife that the former BJP Yuva Morcha chief may get the top post in the Bharatiya Janata Party after its president Amit Shah joined the Modi government. However, defence minister Rajnath Singh yesterday announced that Nadda would be party's working chief for six months.

Jun 18, 2019 11:40 am (IST)

An enthusiastic Bhagwant Mann raised the slogan of 'Inquilab Zindabad' after he took oath as the member of Parliament.

Jun 18, 2019 11:38 am (IST)

Who's Who Arrive | Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Mathura (Uttar Pradesh), Hema Malini and MPs Hans Raj Hans and Ravi Kishan arrive at the Parliament separately.

Jun 18, 2019 11:32 am (IST)

Congress Undecided on Party Leader | "The issue of appointment of the leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha was not discussed," said Congress leader from West Bengal Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury who attended the party's strategy meeting. However, sources said, along with Chowdhury, Kerala unit working president K Suresh, party spokesperson Manish Tewari and Thiruvanathapuram MP Shashi Tharoor are in the running for the post.

Jun 18, 2019 11:26 am (IST)

Day 2 of Budget Session Commences | As swearing-in begins, first time MP and actor Sunny Deol of the BJP who was elected from Gurdaspur, Punjab, takes oath.

Jun 18, 2019 10:50 am (IST)

Congress is the largest party in opposition, although it fell short of majority by two seats to get Leader of the Opposition post in the Lok Sabha. Sonia Gandhi has also been given the task to select the leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha.​

Jun 18, 2019 10:41 am (IST)

Congress Strategy Meet | Congress leaders P. Chidambaram, K. Suresh, Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jairam Ramesh and Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary met at UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's residence on Tuesday to discuss the party's strategy in Parliament during the Budget Session. Party President Rahul Gandhi was also expected to join the meeting.

Jun 18, 2019 10:24 am (IST)

Om Birla on Candidature | "I have no information, I had just gone to meet the Working President as a 'karyakarta'," says Om Birla on being asked whether he is the BJP candidate for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, as he is seen leaving the residence of BJP National Working President, J P Nadda.

Jun 18, 2019 10:20 am (IST)

Om Birla's wife, Amita Birla expresses her gratitude to the party for his selection. "It is a very proud and a happy moment for us. We are very thankful to the cabinet for choosing him," she says.

Jun 18, 2019 10:00 am (IST)

Birla's political career shot up when he emerged to be the underdog who defeated the incumbent Congress MLA from Kota, Shanti Lal Dhariwal, in 2003.

Jun 18, 2019 9:50 am (IST)

Apart from winning a seat in the Parliament twice, Birla was also a three-time MLA from the Kota South Assembly seat. He defeated Ramnarain Meena of the Congress in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to secure the seat.

Jun 18, 2019 9:40 am (IST)

Kota MP Om Birla to be Next LS Speaker | Two-time BJP MP from Kota, Om Birla, to be Speaker of the newly-elected Lok Sabha. He will succeed Sumitra Mahajan for the post.

Jun 18, 2019 9:33 am (IST)

Pro-Tem Speaker | Before the House met, Virendra Kumar was sworn in as Pro-Tem Speaker by President Ramnath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Jun 18, 2019 9:32 am (IST)

UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, and DMK leaders Kanizmohi and A Raja were present in the House on the occasion.

Jun 18, 2019 9:27 am (IST)

Amid thumping of desk by Congress members, Rahul Gandhi took oath in English. He won the election from Wayanad in Kerala. He had also contested from the Gandhi bastion of Amethi in Uttar Pradesh but was defeated by BJP leader and Union Minister Smriti Irani by a margin of over 55,000 votes.

Jun 18, 2019 9:25 am (IST)

Several members took oath in their mother tongue, like most of the YSR Congress Party MPs in Telegu. Many members from Assam took oath in Assamese. BJP members from Bihar Gopal jee Thakur and Ashok Kumar Yadav took oath in Maithili BJP member from Bihar Jarnardhan Singh Sigriwal expressed desire to take oath in Bhojpuri, but the Lok Sabha Secretary General said the language was not in the eight schedule of the Constitution.

Jun 18, 2019 9:20 am (IST)

Multilingual Swearing-in | While the Prime Minister and most of Union Ministers took oath in Hindi, Union Ministers Harsh Vardhan, Sripad Naik, Ashwini Chaubey and Pratap Chandra Sarangi did so in Sanskrit. D V Sadananda Gowda and Prahlad Joshi took oath in Kannada, Harsimrat Kaur Badal took oath in Punjabi.

Jun 18, 2019 9:17 am (IST)

Besides the Union ministers who were elected to the Lok Sabha, members from 23 states and union territories, including Andra Pradesh, Assam, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Kerala, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar took oath.

Jun 18, 2019 9:11 am (IST)

Speaker to be Announced Today | A day after the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha began, the name of the Speaker of the newly-constituted lower house is likely to be announced today. Several leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were sworn-in on the first day. Among others, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah, Transport and Highways minister Nitin Gadkari took oath.

Parliament LIVE: Congress Meets on Day 2 of Budget Session But No Decision on Leader in Lok Sabha Yet
File image of Rahul Gandhi with Sonia Gandhi. (PTI Photo)

Once the ruling party takes the decision on the name, it is officially proposed by the Prime Minister or the minister of parliamentary affairs. This time the motion to propose the name has to be done before Tuesday noon. All the motions proposed will have to be seconded by one member. The member whose name has been proposed has to give in writing her willing to accept the chair of the speaker. All these documents have to be addressed to the secretary general, Lok Sabha.

The Budget Session of the 17th Lok Sabha began on Monday and saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others take oath.
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