Summarizing the issues discussed in the all-party presidents' meeting chaired by PM Narendra Modi, on Wednesday, PM Modi has said that the discussions ranged from improving Parliament productivity, One country One Election, vision for new India, marking Bapu's 150th Jayanti to developing aspirational districts. He also thanked the Presidents of various political parties for their informed suggestions.
The Prime Minister also shared details the various concerns shared by the party presidents like the frequent adjournments and disruptions in the Houses of Parliament, the atmosphere of discussion and dialogue which must prevail in the parliament. He stated that they also hoped that as approximately half of the members of the 17th Lok Sabha are first time MPs, they would be given the opportunity to take the dialogue forward.
While many parties supported the One Country, One Election move, PM Modi had noted that this is an issue of national importance and hence he announced that a committee will be formed to go examine the issue of ‘One Country, One Election’ threadbare, and come up with suggestions in a time-bound manner. This move has been supported by Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, Andhra Pradesh CM Jagan Mohan Reddy while AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi has publically rejected it calling the practice inconsistent with fedaralism.
To encourage the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, PM Modi shared that several parties supported that the 150th birth anniversary of the Mahatma, was an apt occasion. They also agreed that firm resolves for the development of the country should be done by 2022 in time for the 75th anniversary of independence.
Apart from all the 21 political party presidents/representatives who attended the meeting, other Cabinet Ministers who attended the meeting included, Union Minister for Home Affairs, Amit Shah, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawar Chand Gehlot, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Pralhad Joshi, among others.
Previously, a day before the first Parliament session of the 17th Lok Sabha, another all-party meeting had been held at the Parliament on Sunday.