Congress, BJP hold parliamentary party meeting ahead of introduction of important bills in Lok Sabha

The Unlawful Activities Prevention Act Amendment Bill, 2019 seeks to declare individuals as terrorists instead of the entire organization.


New Delhi| Ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Opposition Congress today held a meeting of party MPs in the premises of Parliament. The meetings come ahead of an important day in Lok Sabha. Several amendments bills are to be tabled in Lok Sabha today. This includes the UAPA amendment bill, NIA amendment bill, and DNA Technology regulation bill.

BJP conducted the parliamentary party meeting in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Rajnath Singh. This is the second meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party after winning the Lok Sabha elections. Reportedly, the party discussed some current issues including debate in Parliament on the budget. Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will be present in the meeting. However, there was no official confirmation regarding the subject of discussion.

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On the other hand, Congress which is going through a crisis in Karnataka also held a meeting of its MPs. Congress’ parliamentary party chief Sonia Gandhi had called this meeting.

Important Bills will be tabled in Lok Sabha today:

The Modi government since the beginning of the session has been pushing for legislative agenda to give a headstart to its policy initiative. The Home ministry has tabled four bills. These four bills will be taken up for discussion today.

The Bills include:

  • The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019
  • The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019
  • The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019
  • The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019

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All the bills mentioned above were opposed by the opposition benches. The Lok Sabha may witness a heated discussion on the UAPA Amendment Bill. The bill seeks to declare individuals as terrorists instead of the entire organization. Many fear that this may lead to misuse to curtail the freedom of expression.



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