Did you know that Budget Session will not have even one former PM in House?
Lok Sabha’s first Budget session, after the new government assumed charge in May, is scheduled to start on June 17
June 15, 2019
With senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh’s 30-year-long tenure as Rajya Sabha member expiring on Friday and HD Deve Gowda losing from Tumkur seat in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections, the Budget session of the Parliament this year will not have a single former Prime Minister in attendance. Lok Sabha’s first Budget session, after the new government assumed charge in May, is scheduled to start on June 17.
HD Deve Gowda’s exit
Deve Gowda was the 11th Prime Minister of India and held the post from June 1996 to April 1997. He lost the Tumkur seat to BJP’s GS Basavaraj in the 2019 elections by a little over 13,000 votes. Earlier, the JD(S) stalwart used to regularly contest from Hassan parliamentary constituency. However, he had vacated the seat to field his grandson Prajwal Revanna from there, who defeated BJP’s A Manju by a margin of 1.41 lakh votes.
After the results were announced on May 23, Revanna had offered to resign from the seat to get his grandfather re-elected. However, Deve Gowda had then said, “As a former Prime Minister, I have been defeated twice. This is not a big issue. My concern is how to save a regional party. I will see that JD(S) strengthens its base. I will take responsibility and proceed forward. I am not going to blame anybody for the loss. How it happened is not to be discussed in media.”
Congress’ poor show in 2019 Elections
This would be the first time that Singh would not be present in the Rajya Sabha since he was first elected from Assam in 1991. He will not be able to make it to the Upper House this year primarily because of Congress’ poor strength in the state Assembly.
Singh could not be re-elected from Assam as Congress has only 25 MLAs against 43 first-preference votes needed. Because BJP’s Kamakhya Prasad Tasa and AGP’s Birender Prasad Baishya were elected unopposed from Assam, a total of nine seats are lying vacant in Odisha (4), Tamil Nadu (1), Bihar (2) and Gujarat (2). However, Congress does not have the requisite number of votes to secure any Rajya Sabha berths in these states except Gujarat where it is eyeing to grab at least one seat.