“Congress continues to push for Rahul’s return to LS, NCT Bill stuck in Rajya Sabha, Parliament logjam persists.”

As the final week of the Monsoon Session of Parliament commences, all attention turns to the legislative proceedings, where the ruling and opposition parties are expected to engage in heated debates and confrontations.

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In the Rajya Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah is set to present the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill, 2023, for deliberation and approval. The government appears to have enough support to ensure the Bill’s passage, with the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) pledging their backing.

The current political landscape reveals that the BJP, with its 92 MPs and allies in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), totaling 103 MPs, enjoys a solid position. Additionally, parties like AIADMK, RPI (Athawale), Asom Gana Parishad, Pattali Makkal Katchi, Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar), National People’s Party, Mizo National Front, and United People’s Party (Liberal) each contribute one member to the coalition. The support of the BJD and YSRCP, with nine MPs each, would comfortably push the NDA beyond the required halfway mark of 119 votes, possibly expanding with the inclusion of Bahujan Samaj Party, Telugu Desam Party, Janata Dal (Secular), and Sikkim Democratic Front, each with one member.

On the opposing side, the Congress, backed by the 26-party INDIA bloc, holds around 98 members in its corner. This tally includes 13 MPs from Trinamool Congress, 10 each from DMK and Aam Aadmi Party, as well as representatives from Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), CPI(M), Janata Dal (United), and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). The Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), governing Telangana separately from the INDIA coalition, opposes the Bill with its seven MPs.

Despite the probable outcome, the Congress is preparing to put up a fight. The party issued a whip to its MPs, mandating their presence in the Rajya Sabha until adjournment on August 7, 2023, for crucial legislative votes. The possibility of opposition parties differing on the strategy to halt House proceedings to compel Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the Rajya Sabha adds intrigue to the upcoming vote.

The Rajya Sabha’s agenda also includes deliberations on The Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which has already gained approval in the Lok Sabha.

Meanwhile, in the Lok Sabha, the Congress and other parties are likely to raise the issue of reinstating Rahul Gandhi’s Lok Sabha membership. The Opposition party expressed frustration over the delay in restoring Gandhi’s status as an MP and suggested he might approach the Supreme Court if the matter isn’t resolved.

Within the Lower House, several bills are up for consideration and passage, including The Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2023; The Anusandhan National Research Foundation Bill, 2023; The Pharmacy (Amendment) Bill, 2023; and The Mediation Bill, 2023.

Outside Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to participate in National Handloom Day celebrations at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan. In Karnataka, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is conducting meetings with ministers and MLAs to address local development concerns.

The Monsoon Session of the Kerala Assembly will commence with an homage to Congress leader Oommen Chandy, followed by discussions on various bills. Potential confrontations might arise due to recent comments by the Speaker, police actions, and disagreements between the Treasury and Opposition Benches.

Additionally, Former President Ram Nath Kovind and Governor C V Ananda Bose are set to participate in a session titled “Ethos of Indian Constitution: Unity in Diversity,” hosted by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata.

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