All-party meeting on Sunday before monsoon session; PM likely to attend

New Delhi: The government has called an all-party meeting on the eve of the monsoon session on Sunday to seek the opposition’s support for smooth functioning of both the Houses of Parliament.

Sources said that the meeting will be held at 11 am. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal, Prahlad Joshi and opposition leaders are expected to attend the meeting.

The new President of India will be elected in the session starting on Monday. The result will be declared on July 24. NDA candidate Draupadi Murmu is expected to win by a huge margin as several non-NDA parties and even sections of the opposition have pledged their support to her. Odisha’s ruling BM was the first to support Murmu, a tribal woman belonging to the state’s Santhal tribe. YSRCP and JDU will also support Murmu. Jharkhand Mukti Morcha has announced its support from the opposition camp. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray said his MLAs would vote for him. The next president is likely to take oath on July 25.

The election of the next Vice-President will also take place in the same session. The nominations for the post were opened on July 5 and will continue till July 19. The elections will be held on 6 August. Outgoing Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will complete his term on August 10.

Among the bills pending in Parliament are the Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery System (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill, 2022; The Constitution (Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2022; The Prohibition of Child Marriage (Amendment) Bill, 2021; and the Anti-Doping Bill, 2021.

The Wildlife (Protection) Amendment Bill, 2021 and the Biological Diversity (Amendment) Bill, 2021 have been referred to the respective standing committees for examination. If the committee sends the bills to the house, then both these legislations are also likely to be passed in the same session.