Lok Sabha meets today for first time after polls

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The first session of the 16th Lok Sabha, which saw the BJP coming back to power with a simple majority on its own, will meet on Wednesday primarily for swearing-in of new members, election of the new speaker and the customary President’s address.

As the session begins under a pal of gloom due to the death of Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde, pro-tem Speaker Kamal Nath will adjourn the house for the day on Wednesday after leading the house in paying a two-minute silence for the departed soul.

Parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the swearing-in ceremony of Kamal Nath as pro-tem speaker will go ahead as planned on Wednesday morning after which the Congress leader will conduct proceedings of the house.

“On June 5, the proceedings will start with the swearing-in of prime minister Narendra Modi, Advani ji, the Union council of ministers and rest of the MPs as is the convention. The proceedings will go on till late in the evening on Thursday,’’ Naidu told reporters.

The minister said the election for a new speaker will be held on Friday afternoon and the parliament will go for a recess to meet again on Monday. President Pranab Mukherjee will address the joint session of parliament on Monday and the next two days both houses will have a debate on motion of thanks to the President’s address.

Naidu clarified that the swearing-in of Nath was necessary as the house cannot be convened without any presiding officer. The President will swear in the Congress leader as pro-tem speaker on Wednesday morning.

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