Amit Shah tells BJP MPs to be prepared for extended Monsoon Session of Parliament; extension likely to last 10 days

  • The Union government is considering an extension of the ongoing Parliament session by 10 days, with BJP president Amit Shah telling his party MPs on Tuesday to be prepared for the extension

  • It can be extended by 10 days, sources said, adding that a final decision is yet to be taken

  • Opposition parties have conveyed their disapproval of the idea to the government

New Delhi: The Union government is considering an extension of the ongoing Parliament session by 10 days, with union minister Amit Shah telling his party MPs on Tuesday to be prepared for the extension.

 Amit Shah tells BJP MPs to be prepared for extended Monsoon Session of Parliament; extension likely to last 10 days

File image of Parliament. PTI

At a meeting of BJP parliamentary party, Shah, also the home minister, told MPs that the session can be extended so that the government's legislative agenda could be completed.

It can be extended by 10 days, sources said, adding that a final decision is yet to be taken.

Parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters after the meeting, "There is a possibility of this. You will be officially conveyed when a decision is taken."

Opposition parties have conveyed their disapproval of the idea to the government. Congress' chief whip in Lok Sabha K Suresh said his party is "strongly against" any extension.

However, whether to extend the session or not is the government's prerogative.

The session, which started on 17 June, is scheduled to end on 26 July.

During the BJP meeting, the issue of water conservation figured prominently with Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat giving a detailed presentation on the matter, Joshi said. MPs were asked to spread awareness about water conservation.

Shah, the minister added, spoke on the matter and also briefed MPs about the 150-km foot march Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked them to undertake to mark 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

Modi was also present at the meeting.

Updated Date: Jul 23, 2019 16:03:18 IST