Congress’s Sonia Gandhi wrote to PM on Agenda of Special Session

New Delhi: Former Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi wrote to PM Narendra Modi pointing out that no agenda had been listed for the special session of parliament.

“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.

She also listed nine issues and urged the Prime Minister to allow time for discussion on them in the upcoming session.

She added: “I earnestly hope that time will be allocated under the appropriate Rules for a discussion and debate on these issues.”

The nine listed issues in her letter are:

  1. Current economic situation with focus on increasing price rise of essential commodities, growing unemployment, rise in inequalities and distress of MSMEs.
  2. Commitment made by the Government of India to farmers and farmer organisations in regard to MSP and other demands raised by them.
  3. Demand for a JPC to investigate the transactions of the Adani business group in light of all revelations.
  4. The continued agony faced by people of Manipur and breakdown of Constitutional machinery and social harmony in the State.
  5. Rise in communal tension in different States like Haryana.
  6. Continued occupation of Indian Territory by China and challenges to our sovereignty on our borders in Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh.
  7. Urgent need for a Caste Census.
  8. Damages being inflicted on Centre-State relations.
  9. Impact of natural disasters caused by extreme floods in some States and drought in others.

Sonia Gandhi wrote to PM Modi a day after the use of “Bharat” – instead of “India” in official G20 Summit invitations sparked a controversy over possible name change. News reports have said the Centre may put forward a resolution to change the country’s name later this month during the five-day special session of parliament.