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17th Lok Sabha session commences; PM urges opposition to actively participate in House proceedings

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17th Lok Sabha

The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha has commenced today. Welcoming the MPs, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “Today marks the start of the first session after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. I welcome all new MPs. With them come new hopes, new aspirations and new determination to serve”.

The key bills that would be tabled in the session include Triple Talaq, Aadhaar, Indian Medical Council (Amendment Bill), 2019 and the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill.

Virendra Kumar has been sworn in as the Pro Tem Speaker. The election of the Lok Sabha Speaker will take place on Wednesday, June 19.

The MPs took oath as members of the 17th Lok Sabha before the commencement of the session. This term has the highest number of women MPs, which is 78.

On June 20, President Ram Nath Kovind will address a joint sitting of the Parliament, and then one more on July 5, which is the budget day.

The Prime Minister underlined the importance of opposition in parliamentary democracy. He urged the opposition members to play an active role and participate in House proceedings.

Modi said, “When we come to Parliament, we should forget Paksh and Vipaksh. We should think about issues with a ‘Nishpaksh spirit’ and work in the larger interest of the nation.”

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