President Droupadi Murmu Addresses Joint Sitting of Parliament

President Droupadi Murmu, in her first presidential address since the formation of the third National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, addressed a joint sitting of the 18th Parliament today.
President Droupadi Murmu Addresses Joint Sitting of Parliament

New Delhi, June 27, 2024: President Droupadi Murmu, in her first presidential address since the formation of the third National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government, addressed a joint sitting of the 18th Parliament session today. This significant occasion marked the beginning of the 18th Lok Sabha session, which commenced on Monday. Here are the key highlights from her address:

  1. Priorities of the Newly- Elected Government:

    • President Murmu outlined the priorities of the newly- elected government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. These priorities include initiatives aimed at making India the third-largest economy globally.

    • The government’s commitment to preserving and protecting the Constitution, as envisioned by Baba Saheb, was emphasized. Upholding the rule of law and decentralization of powers remain central to their agenda.

  2. Motion of Thanks and Parliamentary Tradition:

    • Following the President’s address, both Houses of Parliament will engage in a motion of thanks. Members will discuss and debate the government’s programs, policies, and achievements.

    • The motion of thanks is an essential parliamentary tradition, allowing the ruling party to present its vision while inviting constructive feedback from the opposition.

  3. Creative Thinking and Parliamentary Dignity:

    • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, re-elected for a second term, called for a new vision and resolve for the 18th Lok Sabha.

    • He urged the House to be a center of creative thinking, fostering new ideas, and establishing high levels of parliamentary traditions and dignity.

    • The aim is to fulfill the resolve of “Viksit Bharat” (Developed India).

  4. Opposition’s Role and Trust:

    • Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi emphasized the importance of allowing the voice of the opposition in the House.

    • Acknowledging the increased representation of the opposition this time, Gandhi stressed the need for cooperation based on trust.

    • The opposition aims to assist in the House’s functioning, ensuring robust debates and effective governance.

  5. Emergency Anniversary Tribute:

    • On the 50th anniversary of the imposition of Emergency on June 26, 1975, the Speaker praised the strength and determination of those who resisted and protected India’s democracy during that challenging period.

  6. Deputy Speaker Position and Seat Distribution:

    • The INDIA bloc demanded the position of Deputy Speaker, but clarity from the BJP remains elusive.

    • In the post-general election's scenario, the NDA secured 293 seats, while the INDIA bloc held 234 seats. The BJP, however, fell short of a majority, restricted to 240 seats.

In this critical juncture of India’s democratic journey, President Murmu’s address sets the tone for the 18th Lok Sabha, emphasizing cooperation, trust, and the collective responsibility of all elected representatives. As the nation looks forward, the Parliament's role in molding India's future remains critical.

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