Appealing to all parties to debate freely on all issues, PM Narendra Modi on Monday, addressed the press outside the Parliament ahead of the Winter session - last session of the year. He highlighted the necessity of a high-quality debate in the House to contribute towards India's future. He requested all MPs to co-operate for a fruitful and historic session.
"We wish to have an open debate on all issues. A high quality of debate is necessary and I hope each one displays their intellectual prowess in contributing to the Parliament. The nectar which is created from this will help in progressing India towards a bright future," he said.
Marking the Rajya Sabha's 250th session, he also reminded that 26 January 2020 marks the 70 years of the Constitution. He also thanked all MPs for their co-operative roles in the previous session. He also urged the Parliament to set an example through this session making citizens aware of the Constitution.
"This the last session of 2019 and is Rajya Sabha's 250th session. After this session is our 70th Republic Day marking 70 years of our Constitution. Our Constitution is a mark of India's unity and binds together our diversity. The 70th year of the Constitution can become an opportunity of awareness for citizens through this Parliament," he said.
He added, "Yesterday, I had met with most of our Opposition party leaders. In the previous session, with the co-operation of all MPs, it was made historic, which I say with pride. I wish to thank all the MPs for their iconic and co-operative roles. I hope that this session too will forward the nation's progressive journey as per global standards."
The winter session of the Parliament is beginning on November 18 and will undertake almost 35 legislations and will have 20 sittings. The session, which will end on December 13, will see a total of 20 sittings. Currently, there are 43 bills pending in Parliament. Of these, 12 Bills are listed for consideration and passing and seven are listed for withdrawal. Twenty-seven bills are listed for introduction, consideration, and passing. Of the various bills, two of the most contentious bills which the Modi government eyes to pass in this session is the National River Ganga Bill 2019 and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019.