Budget Session of Parliament to begin today with President Droupadi Murmu’s address to joint sitting of both Houses

The Budget Session of Parliament will commence today with an address by President Droupadi Murmu to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will present the Interim Budget tomorrow. The session will continue till 9th of February.

Meanwhile, ahead of the Session, the government yesterday convened an all-party meeting to ensure smooth functioning of both the Houses. Talking to media after the meeting, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the government is ready for discussion on all issues as per the direction of the chair. He urged the opposition parties to cooperate with the government to ensure the smooth conduct of businesses in both Houses and not to bring placards.

Talking to media after the meeting, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said, they raised the issues related to the alleged attack on the federal structure during the meeting. He also said that Congress and several opposition parties will raise the issues of unemployment, inflation, and rising debt in the country during the upcoming session.

Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Piyush Goyal and Arjun Ram Meghwal, Congress leaders Pramod Tiwari and K Suresh, TMC leaders Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, JD(U) leader Ram Nath Thakur, DMK leader T R Baalu, CPI(M) leader P R Natarajan, Shiv Sena leader Rahul Shewale, among others attended the meeting.

Akashvani correspondent reports that several leaders from the opposition attended the all-party meeting called by the government ahead of the budget session. During the meeting, the Centre has assured the leaders of various political parties that the government is ready to discuss every issue. As this was the smallest session of Parliament, the focus will be on the Presidential address as well as the presentation of the interim union budget.  Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be India’s first full-time woman finance minister, who will present her sixth budget on Thursday. After the first two days, discussions would begin in both houses on the reply to the motion of thanks to the President’s address followed by deliberations on the interim budget, which will be a vote on account.

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