With just three days left for Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman's maiden Budget in Parliament, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) conducted its first parliamentary party meeting, which started at 9:30 am on Tuesday, July 2.
Addressing the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting in New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the June 26 incident where BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, the son of BJP National General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, beat up a civic official with a cricket bat during a demolition drive in Indore.
Expressing his anger over Akash Vijayvargiya, PM Modi said this sort of behaviour is not acceptable and those who encourage such behaviour should also be removed from the party. "I don't care whose son was behind the incident, it was completely unwarranted and not acceptable," the PM told BJP MPs in the party meeting.
The BJP was supposed to hold its first Parliamentary Party meeting on June 25, which had to be postponed due to the death of Rajya Sabha MP and Rajasthan BJP president Madan Lal Saini.
A press release issued by the Parliament Office secretary stated, "A meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party will be held at 9:30 am on July 2, 2019, in the GMC Balayogi Auditorium of Parliament Library Building (PLB). All BJP Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are requested to attend the meeting in time."
BJP veterans including LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi were not present at the BJP meeting owing to the 75-year age bar the party introduced for its Lok Sabha candidates.
Apart from the significance of the ongoing session, in which the BJP government hopes for the passage of many bills, PM Modi also spoke about key decisions his dispensation has taken since the BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive mandate.
PM Modi returned to India on Saturday (June 29) after attending his sixth G20 summit in Osaka, Japan. During the two-day summit, PM Modi met several world leaders, including US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French president Emmanuel Macron, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.