New Delhi: The first session of the new Lok Sabha begins on Monday. The highlights of the session would be the election of the Speaker and the President’s address, unfolding of the United Progressive Alliance government’s plan of action.
The first two days of the 15th Lok Sabha have been kept for newly elected members to take oath followed by election of the Speaker on 3 June.
While initial reports spoke of the possibility of senior Congress party member V. Kishore Chandra Deo as the most likely choice for the post, union minister and Congress’ Dalit face Meira Kumar has emerged the dark horse for the post.
Quota for women: SP opposes current format
New Delhi: Making its stand clear that it favours reservation for women belonging to the other backward classes (OBC) category and minorities, the Samajwadi Party (SP) said on Sunday it was opposed to the Women’s Reservation Bill brought forth by the previous government.
“We were opposed to the Bill in its current format earlier and now also. We have always said that the present structure of the Bill is not acceptable to us. But if it is amended, then we will support it. We are all for reservation for women belonging to OBC category and minority communities,” SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav told reporters here.
JD(U) blames BJP for poll setback
New Delhi: The Janata Dal (United), or JD(U), an ally of the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, on Sunday sought to blame the main opposition party for the losses of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election.
“Some internal fights that happened in the alliance did cause losses to NDA. The JD(U) also suffered losses. The concern was expressed in the meeting over this aspect and we will discuss how to solve whenever a meeting of NDA takes place,” party president Sharad Yadav said after the conclusion of the national executive meeting of the party.
“BJP is the biggest party in the alliance, and hence they are definitely to be blamed more, but they alone cannot be blamed totally,” Yadav said.
“The kind of understanding that should have been in the alliance like what it was during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s time was somehow missing,” Yadav said.
Advani elected leader of BJP parliamentary party
New Delhi: L.K. Advani was on Sunday elected as the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) parliamentary party. With the party’s defeat in the just-concluded elections fresh in his mind, Advani said the party was “deeply disappointed” at the outcome which belied its “expectations”.
In his address to the first meeting of the BJP parliamentary party, Advani said, “We have to find out why our performance was poor in states such as Rajasthan, UP, Delhi, Haryana, Uttarakhand and Orissa.”