Furthering a manifesto promise, PM Modi has called a meeting of presidents of all political parties in the parliament on June 19 to discuss One Nation, One Election and 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi among other issues, as announced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi after the all-party meeting held on Sunday.
He further said that PM Modi has also called a meeting of all Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha members on June 20 to build team spirit in the parliament.
PM Modi has frequently spoken in favor of 'one nation-one poll', which has been pitched by the government ever since coming to power. He stated that it is the need of the hour due to a various number of issues.
"In India, elections take place almost every six months, hence I say that we should have Lok Sabha and state elections at the very same time. One election in every five years, isn't this what should happen? Shouldn't the expenditure be cut or not?," he said in his Agra rally in January.
Earlier in the day, a day before the first Parliament session of the 17th Lok Sabha is set to commence, an all-party meeting had been held at the Parliament on Sunday.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Prahlad Joshi and leader of BJP in Rajya Sabha Thawar Chand Gehlot were the first to arrive at the meeting. The other leaders who were in attendance at the meeting were YSCRP leader V Vijayasai Reddy, TMC leader Derek O'Brien, NC Chief Farooq Abdullah, NCP leader Supriya Sule, Apna Dal (Sonelal) Chief Anupriya Patel, AAP leader Sanjay Singh, and TDP leader Jayadev Galla.
On the first two days of the new Parliament session which will commence on Monday, new MPs will take oath while the election for the Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha is scheduled to be held on June 19. The race for the Speaker post is between senior BJP parliamentarians, including former Union ministers Maneka Gandhi, Radha Mohan Singh and Virender Kumar. Former Union ministers Jual Oram and S S Ahluwalia were also among the possible candidates.
The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha will be convened from June 17 to July 26 during which the Union Budget will be presented by the new government on July 5.