Parliament of India
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The second term of the Modi government and the 17th Lok Sabha were marked by major reforms, nationalism along with Hindutva and conflicts between the government and the opposition. In the first year of its second term, the Modi government was in the news for repealing Article 370, 35A, criminalizing triple talaq and passing the Citizenship Amendment Bill. Meanwhile, there has been a bitter row between the government and the opposition over the Pegasus spying, a report by a foreign company linked to the Adani Group and a security lapse in parliament. The matter escalated so much that the parliament suspended a record 146 deputies at the last winter session.
The government has shown speed
The Modi government, which took a soft stance on the Hindutva agenda in its first term, has shown momentum in its second term. At the same time, it ran quickly along the reform track. In addition to the repeal of many old laws, significant efforts have been made to bring transparency to the industrial sector. In this term, two of the three most important agendas of the BJP-Jan Sangh, the construction of the Ram temple and the abolition of Article 370, were approved.
The government became entangled in a web of farm laws
This Lok Sabha has seen a bitter row between the government and the opposition over the Pegasus spy scandal, a foreign company filing against the Adani group and two youths entering the Lok Sabha by breaching the security cordon in winter. session. In this sequence, the government got so involved with the opposition and the farmers with three controversial agricultural laws that it had to withdraw all three laws. As a result of the uproar over Parliament’s security deficiencies, 146 opposition MPs were suspended over the course of four working days.