Special Session: Congress Issues Whip, Asks All MPs To Be Present on Floor From Sept 18-22

New Delhi: Congress on Thursday issued a three-line whip to all party MPs to be present on the floor from September 18 to 22 for the Special Parliament Session.

”Very important issues will be taken up for discussion in the Rajya Sabha during this special session i.e. from September 18 to 22, 2023.

”All members of Congress party in the Rajya Sabha are requested to kindly remain present in the House from 11 am onwards till the adjournment of the House from September 18 to September 22 without fail and support the party’s stand,” the three-line whip states.

”This may be treated as most important,” the whip read.

A similar whip was issued for all Congress MPs in Lok Sabha.

After keeping the agenda under wraps since the announcement of the special session, the government on Wednesday said it had listed a special discussion on Parliament’s journey of 75 years on the opening day. On September 19, the proceedings of Parliament will likely take place in the new Parliament building.

During the session, the government has also listed the bill on the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and other election commissioners to be taken up for consideration and passage. 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. Besides, ‘The Post Office Bill-2023’ has also been listed in the Lok Sabha business, according to an official bulletin.

However, the bulletin also states that the list of agenda is ‘tentative,’ indicating that other issues may also be brought up for discussion during the five-day special session.

The government has also convened an all-party meeting on September 17, a day before the start of the five-day session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said in a post on X (Twitter).