Budget: Motion of thanks on President’s address in Parliament today

2 February, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma

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On Thursday, the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will begin separate discussions on President Droupadi Murmu's address to both Houses of Parliament sitting together on January 31.

On Thursday, the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will begin separate discussions on President Droupadi Murmu’s address to both Houses of Parliament sitting together on January 31.

In the afternoon, both Houses will vote on a resolution of thanks for the President’s address. In Rajya Sabha, Member of Parliament K Laxman will propose a motion to start a debate on the President’s address to both Houses of Parliament on January 31.

Prakash Javadekar, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and former Union Minister, will second the resolution.

However, BJP MP Chandra Prakash Joshi will introduce a motion in the Lok Sabha to discuss the President’s address. The motion will be seconded by BJP MP Uday Pratap Singh.

The President’s address is regarded as one of the most sombre events on the legislative calendar. It is the only time of year when the entire Parliament meets. Following that, both Houses of Parliament moved motions to hold a debate on the President’s address.

Ahead of the Union Budget on Wednesday, President Droupadi Murmu addressed the joint sitting of Parliament for the first time since taking office in July 2022, speaking on the government’s achievements as well as its future aspirations.

In her speech, she lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, saying that it “respects honesty” and is “stable, fearless and decisive, and works to fulfill big dreams”.

The Rajya Sabha, however, will start at 11 am with Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar offering an obituary reference to the passing away of Shanti Bhushan, ex-Member of the House of Elders.

Besides, Union Ministers Ashwini Kumar Choube, SP Singh Baghel and BL Verma will table separately papers of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; Ministry of Law and Justice; and Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region respectively in the Rajya Sabha.