Modi chairs key cabinet meeting amid parliament special session

“The session was going to be one with historic decisions,” Modi had said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah | PTI Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah | PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a crucial cabinet meeting on Monday evening. The meeting assumed significance is it came in the wake of Modi’s statement earlier in the day that the special session of parliament is going to be one with historic decisions.

“Now, while taking forward the journey from a new place...we have to make the country a developed country by 2047. For this, all the decisions of the time to come will be taken in the new Parliament building,” Modi had said.

The cabinet meeting followed a series of meetings between senior members of the ministry. Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi held talks with Home Minister Amit Shah in the presence of BJP chief J.P. Nadda.

The five-day special session began on Monday. The House proceedings will move to to the new parliament building on Tuesday.

The government earlier informed that a total of eight bills have been listed for consideration and passage during the session. Also, the floor leaders were on Sunday informed at an all-party meeting that a bill on the welfare of senior citizens and three related to SC/ST order have been added to the agenda.

Meanwhile, there is a buzz on whether the women's reservation bill will be brought up during the five-day session. The Congress Working Committee, held in Hyderabad, had demanded that the Women’s Reservation Bill must be passed during the Special Session of Parliament. Several parties, including from the ruling and opposition sides, on Sunday made a strong pitch for tabling and passage of the women's reservation bill during the five-day Parliament session beginning Monday.

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