CEC selection Bill on special Parliament session agenda

NEW DELHI:A discussion on “Parliamentary Journey of 75 years starting from Samvidhan Sabha – Achievements, Experiences, Memories and Learnings” will be held in Rajya Sabha on September 18, the first day of Parliament special session, as per the Parliamentary Bulletin released on Wednesday.
The government has also listed for consideration and passage the Bill on appointment of Chief Election Commissioner and other election commissioners.The Bill proposes to exclude the Chief Justice of India from the panel to select CEC and ECs, which has caused an uproar among the opposition parties.
The Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha during the last Monsoon session.The other listed business for Lok Sabha includes The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023, and The Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023, already passed by Rajya Sabha on August 3, 2023.
Besides, The Post Office Bill, 2023 has also been listed in the Lok Sabha business, according to an official bulletin. The Bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha on August 10, 2023.

Watch: Staff posted at New Parliament Building get new uniform ahead of special session


Watch: Staff posted at New Parliament Building get new uniform ahead of special session

The session is likely to see the proceedings of Parliament moving from the old building to the new Parliament building.
Meanwhile, Parliament staff will be seen in new uniforms as the special session begins next week, according to ANI sources. Chamber attendants, officers, security personnel, drivers and marshals all will don new uniforms.
Suspense over agenda
There has been suspense around the reason for the special session, which has been called from September 18.
This led to speculations about the session’s agenda. Early Lok Sabha elections, country’s name change from India to Bharat, one nation-one elections, 33% quota for women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies – these are some of the issues that did the rounds as opposition parties tried to guess the reason for the special Parliament session.

The government’s emphasis on using Bharat instead of India in government functions, including the recently concluded G20 Summit, has led to strong apprehensions about the possibility of name change being on the agenda of the special session.
Meanwhile, the Centre has called for an all-party meeting on September 17, a day ahead of the five-day special session of Parliament.
“Ahead of Parliament session from the 18th of this month, an all-party floor leaders meeting has been convened on the 17th at 4.30pm. The invitation for the same has been sent to concerned leaders through email,” Union minister for parliamentary affairs Pralhad Joshi said in a post on X.

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