Parliament Highlights: In his address to the joint sitting of both houses of Parliament in the historic Central Hall, President Ram Nath Kovind said the government is moving ahead to create a strong, secure and inclusive India.
President Ram Nath Kovind said the people of India have given a “clear mandate” to accelerate the country’s development journey that started in 2014. In his customary address after the formation of the 17th Lok Sabha, the President added that the government has started a pension scheme to help farmers and small traders live a life of dignity.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day and will reconvene on Friday.
The Budget Session commenced Monday with jubilant BJP members raising ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogans as members of the 17th Lok Sabha were sworn in. Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a total of 313 newly-elected MPs took oath Monday while 222 leaders were sworn-in Tuesday.
On Wednesday, two-time MP from Rajasthan Om Birla was elected Speaker of the House. While delivering a speech in the Lok Sabha Tuesday, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale extended his wishes to Congress president Rahul Gandhi on his 49th birthday while taking a jibe at his loss from the family bastion of Amethi.