The budget session of parliament will be shortened and will end before the first phase of elections on March 27, with both resuming the usual time at 11 a.m. on Tuesday.
As the five assembly elections are being held in eight phases until April 29, several parties have demanded that the session, which was originally scheduled to take place until April 8, be reduced.
Rajya Sabha Speaker M Venkaiah Naidu announced the new hours of the Upper House on the first day of the second part of the budget session, sources told PTI that Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla would make a similar announcement later.
The final decision on reducing the session was made by Mr. Birla.
With distant ethics in mind due to the Govt-19 epidemic, both of them met in two shifts from the Manson session, the Rajya Sabha meeting in the first half of the day and the Lok Sabha in the second half.
The parliamentary winter session did not take place due to the epidemic.
Some Rajya Sabha members sat in Lok Sabha chambers and followed the rules of distance. The same is true for members of the Lok Sabha. Some Lok Sabha members were seated in the audience gallery above the House Chamber.
The move to return to normal time comes a day before the start of the Govt vaccination campaign for MPs starting Tuesday.
Leaders of various political parties on Monday urged Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to reduce the budget session to allow the focus on assembly elections in four states and one union territory.
At the Business Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting of the Lok Sabha, Mr. Birla spoke to each other with various site leaders about reducing the session starting on Monday.
Trinamool Congress and DMK members did not attend the meeting.
Parliamentary sources believe that the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) will hold assembly elections every few months and the session should not be reduced on this basis.
YSR Congress party member PV Mithun Reddy said the next session should be longer if the current session is reduced.
Some members said that nearly 145 members had written to the Speaker asking him to reduce the session.
In a letter to Rajya Sabha Speaker, DMC National Spokesperson and RSS member Derek O’Brien, he said his party’s MPs could not attend the parliamentary session due to the election.
“I am writing to you as the Parliamentary Party Leader (Rajya Sabha) of the All India Trinamool Congress. Sir, we urge you to consider postponing the next Parliamentary session as elections have been declared in five states,” he said. .
“The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced elections for five states, including Bengal, on 26 February 2021. It is difficult for the All India Trinamool Congress MPs to attend the state as intensive election preparations are underway in the state. The second part of the budget session begins on March 8, 2021,” he wrote in the letter.
TMC MP Sudeep Pandyopadhyay has written a letter to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha on the same issue. Mr. O’Brien’s letter dated March 8, to Mr. Pandyopadhyay had written to the Speaker of the Lok Sabha on February 6.
Mr O’Brien, in his letter, cited two precedents when parliamentary sessions were postponed due to state elections.
He cited the example of the 222nd session, which began on February 21, 2011 and was scheduled to conclude on April 21, 2011. However, in Bengal, the assembly was adjourned on March 25, 2011 due to the upcoming state assembly elections in five states – Assam, Kerala, Pondicherry, Tamil Nadu and the West, he said.
The second event he presented at the 214th Session, which began on October 17, 2008, was adjourned until October 24, 2008 to meet again on December 10, 2008. The session will continue as per the original schedule on November 21, 2008. However, due to the forthcoming state assembly elections in some states, the assembly has been adjourned till December 10, 2008.
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