The first Parliament session after the Lok Sabha elections is going to conclude on Wednesday, when the Rajya Sabha would continue the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s address to both Houses of Parliament. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reply to this debate in the Upper House.

The first session of the newly-constituted 18th Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die by Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday after the passage of the motion of thanks on the President’s address. The session, which began on June 24, had seven sittings, which saw 539 Lok Sabha members take oath or make affirmation over the first two days.

Heated exchanges between the Treasury and Opposition benches are expected in the Rajya Sabha during PM Modi’s reply on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, while winding up the debate on the motion of thanks in the Lok Sabha, the PM mounted a scathing attack on the Congress a day after he and his party were targeted by Leader of Opposition (LoP) Rahul Gandhi, telling the House that his government had a clear mandate for stability and continuity with a third consecutive term in office while the Congress, like a “parasite” (parjeevi) feeding on its allies for survival, remained in denial.

Modi, who spoke in the Lower House for over two hours amid Opposition chants of “Justice for Manipur” and “Bharat Jodo”, accused the Congress and its “entire ecosystem” of attempting to “look down upon, abuse and insult Hinduism” and of plotting a “conspiracy to falsely” claim Hindus were violent, Vikas Pathak reported.

Festive offer

Alleging that the Congress was trying to spread chaos in defeat, the PM urged the Speaker to take strict action to “defend the dignity of the House” against what happened Monday which was “a slap on the wisdom of our people and our great national traditions”. ”.

This was a reference to Rahul Gandhi’s speech in which he referred to Hinduism while attacking the BJP – remarks that were later expunged from the records – and prompted Modi to intervene, saying “This is a very serious issue. Calling the entire Hindu society violent is a serious issue.”

Targeting the Congress leader, Modi used the word balak buddhi (immature mind) multiple times in his speech.

Several references to Hinduism in the context of the BJP, three references to two industrialists that the Congress frequently mentions in the context of the Modi government, two to the Agnipath scheme, and one each to the NEET row, Manipur and the PM specifically. These were among the 14 bits from Gandhi’s maiden speech as the LoP in the Lok Sabha, lasting around 100 minutes and interrupted frequently by the Treasury benches, which were expunged by Speaker Birla late Monday night.

The expunction move, which became public Tuesday, drew sharp criticism from the Congress, with Gandhi writing to Birla, questioning the decision and demanding that his remarks be restored in Parliamentary records, reported Manoj C G.

Earlier on Tuesday, Gandhi wrote to the PM, requesting him to facilitate a debate in the House over paper leaks. He said the Opposition’s request to discuss the NEET issue was denied in both Houses of Parliament.

The Opposition INDIA alliance has been raising the NEET paper leak issue to corner the NDA government since the beginning of the session.

Rajasthan Assembly session to begin

The Budget session of the Rajasthan Assembly will commence on Wednesday, an official statement said.

Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Diya Kumari will present the full Budget for the current financial year during the session, according to the statement. The Assembly’s Budget session is generally held in February-March but this year, only a vote-on-account was presented by the state government during that period due to the Lok Sabha elections.

Several bills are expected to be passed in the session, including the one granting 50 percent reservation to women in the recruitment of third-grade teachers in the state.

Karnataka BJP to lay siege to CM house

Karnataka BJP leaders will lay siege to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s residence in Bengaluru on Wednesday, demanding his resignation in connection with an alleged illegal money transfer scam involving a state-run corporation, according to the party’s state president BY Vijayendra.

The illegal money transfer issue, involving the alleged corporation, came to light after its accounts superintendent, Chandrashekhar P, died by suicide on May 26, leaving behind a death note.

The note claimed unauthorized transfer of Rs 187 crore belonging to the corporation from its bank account, and from that, Rs 88.62 crore was illegally moved to various accounts allegedly belonging to “well-known” IT companies and a Hyderabad-based cooperative bank, among others.

Following allegations against him in connection with the scam, Scheduled Tribes Welfare Minister B Nagendra tendered his resignation on June 6.

– With PTI inputs