NEW DELHI: The budget session of Parliament, marking the final session before the anticipated general elections scheduled for April-May, will begin on Monday with a momentous address by President Droupadi Murmu, resonating within the halls of the newly erected Parliament building, as she addresses the joint assembly of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Ahead of the commencement of the Budget Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the opposition MPs to ensure smooth conduct of the Parliamentary proceedings. While saluting the ‘Nari Shakti,’ the PM urged the opposition’s MPs to exercise restraint.
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Prime Minister Modi, while warning against past disruptions in the Parliament, said that no one will remember the ruckus created in Parliament by the Opposition MPs. “May it be a productive one,” he told reporters. He also said that his government will bring the full-fledged budget after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Importantly, PM Modi began and concluded his speech by saying ”Ram Ram.”
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President Murmu is now addressing the joint session of Parliament:-
-In her first address to both houses in the new Parliament building, President Murmu highlights the government’s achievements in the past few years.
-President Murmu calls for ‘productive debate’ in Parliament.
-The new Parliament building has the essence of ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’: Prez Murmu
-I hail the members for the passage of the Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam (women’s reservation bill): President
-Building of the Ram temple in Ayodhya has been a “dream of centuries”. It is a “reality” now: President Murmu
-In the last 10 years, the govt has completed many projects in the national interest for which the people of the country have been waiting for decades: Prez
-India’s digital progress lauded overseas, says President Murmu
-Ease of business doing is now better than ever, says President Murmu
-The government has lifted 25 crore people out of poverty: Murmu
-This Parliament banned ‘Triple Talaq’: Prez Murmu
-I congratulate PM Modi for passing of women’s reservation bill: Murmu
-The last year was full of accomplishments for India. There were many successes – India became the fastest-growing economy: Prez Murmu.
-There has been a 14% increase in people using Broadband across India, says Prez Murmu
-India logs 1200 crore UPI transaction, says President Murmu
-39 brand new Vande Bharat roots established across India, says President Murmu
-80% households get free ration across India: President Murmu
-‘Make in India’ and ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ have become our strengths, says President Murmu
-Defence production has crossed the Rs 1 lakh crore mark: Murmu
-Women in India are now fighter pilots, says President Murmu
-Indian economy is showing confidence, growing in the right direction: President Murmu.
FM To Unveil Interim Budget
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is poised to unveil the interim budget on February 1, setting the tone for fiscal discourse amidst the political landscape.
In a bid to foster a spirit of cooperation, the government has initiated an all-party meeting, extending an olive branch to the opposition. Expressing a conciliatory stance, efforts have been made by the Centre to address the suspension of MPs incurred during the winter session, signalling a potential thaw in parliamentary dynamics.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Tuesday assured reporters of the impending revocation of suspensions, facilitating the return of sidelined MPs to the legislative forefront. With unanimity prevailing, the government has tried to create a conducive atmosphere for constructive dialogue. “All (suspensions) will be revoked. I have spoken with the (Lok Sabha) Speaker and (Rajya Sabha) Chairman, I have also requested them on behalf of the government…This is the jurisdiction of the Speaker and the Chairman. So, we have requested both of them to speak with the concerned privileged committees, revoke the suspension and allow them to come to the House. Both of them agreed,” Joshi said.
Congress leader Pramod Tiwari has outlined the party’s agenda, highlighting concerns over inflation, unemployment, and alleged misuse of investigative agencies. With a robust stance, the opposition vows to champion pressing issues affecting the populace. “Inflation and unemployment are two important issues which we will raise in the upcoming session. Investigative agencies are being misused. The latest example of the way ED is working is that of Jharkhand’s CM Hemant Soren. Apart from this, atrocities continue in Manipur. I specifically want to say that the debt burden on the country is increasing,” he said.
Allegations and Accusations
Congress MP K Suresh and TMC MP Sudip Bandyopadhyay have accused the ruling BJP government of wielding central agencies as political weapons, fostering an environment of mistrust and discord.
Amidst fervent deliberations, the budget session is slated to culminate on February 9, encapsulating a spectrum of discourse and debate. Notably, the revocation of suspensions underscores a pivotal moment of reconciliation, as parliamentary proceedings unfold amidst a backdrop of political fervour and anticipation.