OATH-TAKING: As Parliament begins first session, PM Modi among members taking oath amid chants of "Modi,Modi"

NEW DELHI: The first session of the 17th Lok Sabha started Monday morning, with the process of swearing in of members getting off to a noisy start with “Modi, Modi” chants, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi taking the oath at the very outset.

The PM stressed that though the Opposition did not have big numbers, their role was important for a healthy democracy. They could raise issues freely. “You need not worry about the numbers. We value your opinions and feelings,” he said. 

There, the PM hoped, would be a fruitful Budget Session which will start with an address of the joint houses of Parliament by President Ram Nath Kovind on June 20. The present session will see a new Union Budget being presented by the government for the next eight months of the current fiscal. This is apart from a mini budget that was already presented and approved by the previous government.

Pro tem speaker, Veerendra Kumar (BJP) from Madhya Pradesh, aided by senior member Kodikunnil  Suresh(Cong) and others, conducted the swearing in, which will continue for two more days. The BJP’s speaker nominee will be announced on Tuesday.

Several key bills are expected to come up in this session, including the Aadhar bill, the citizenship registration bill and the triple talaq bill, on all of which the cabinet decisions were already made and ordinances issued in the past government’s term. –IHN-NN

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