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Centre calls all party meeting on September 17, day before special session of Parliament


Parliament’s special session will be held from September 18 to September 22 (File).

The government will hold an all-party meeting Monday evening – hours before the start of a five-day special session of Parliament that was called for by Union Minister Pralhad Joshi earlier this month.

Mr Joshi posted on X (formerly Twitter), writing: “Ahead of the Parliament session from the 18th of this month, an all-party floor leaders meeting has been convened on the 17th at 4.30 PM. The invitation for the same has been sent to concerned leaders through email. Letter to follow.” The post also included a Kannada translation of the statement.

Mr Joshi is a Lok Sabha MP from Karnataka’s Dharwad constituency.

Monday’s all-party meeting may discuss the agenda for next week’s session, a lack of clarity over which has led to furious speculation, including buzz the government will move a resolution to change the country’s official name from India to Bharat.

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Last week formal invitations to G20 leaders from President Droupadi Murmu’s office described her as the “President of Bharat”, triggering an outcry from the opposition. The government pointed to the relevant line in the Constitution, which says “India, that is, Bharat, shall be a Union of States…”

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There is also talk the special session has been called to formally move the Parliament from the old building to the new; sources had said this may take place on September 19.

The government’s special session announcement has been widely criticised by opposition leaders. Several hit out for choosing a date that clashes with “India’s most important festival” – Ganesh Chaturthi will be celebrated on Tuesday.

“This special session called during India’s most important festival of Ganesh Chaturthi… goes against Hindu sentiments!” Shiv Sena UBT’s Priyanka Chaturvedi said, while the Nationalist Congress Party’s Supriya Sule demanded it be rescheduled. 

Ex-Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi, meanwhile, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “point out this special session has been convened without any consultation with other political parties”. “None of us have any idea of its agenda… all we have been communicated is that all five days have been allocated for ‘government business’,” she told the Prime Minister.

Government sources had told NDTV the session’s agenda may include discussions on India as a ‘developed nation’. Other topics could include Chandrayaan-3, the Moon mission, and the widely praised G20 Summit that was held in Delhi last week.

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