New Delhi: New Parliament building, that will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28 May, in New Delhi, Saturday, May 27, 2023. (Photo:IANS/Twitter)
New Delhi, September 18 (IANS) With the proceedings on the second day of the Special Session of Parliament on Tuesday set to begin in the new building, to make the special occasion a memorable one, the MPs of both houses -- Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, will be given special gifts.
The parliamentarians will be given a special kit which will contain a copy of the Indian Constitution, along with a commemorative coin and a booklet containing stamps on the new Parliament, a seal of the Parliament House, among other goodies.
Members of both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will attend a function in the Central Hall to commemorate the legacy of the Parliament before moving to the new Parliament building on Tuesday.
According to sources, after a group photo session of the members of both the Houses at 9.30 a.m., a function titled 'Legacy of Parliament of India and Making Bharat Developed by 2047' will be held in the Central Hall between 11 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. After this, the special session will resume in the new Parliament building at 1.15 p.m.
At the programme in the Central Hall, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, NDA's leader of the Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal and leader of opposition in the Upper House Mallikarjun Kharge will speak, sources said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is the leader of the Lok Sabha, will be present at the function but it is not clear if he will address the gathering.
Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day on Monday after the culmination of the discussions on 75 years of Parliament.
Earlier on Monday, the Prime Minister had initiated the discussions at 11.20 a.m., after which several MPs shared their experiences of the old Parliament building for the next seven hours.
Speaker Om Birla, after the end of the discussions, adjourned the House till Tuesday, informing that the proceedings will now resume in the new Parliament building.
Birla said he has had a memorable experience in the last four years of his tenure in the old building and expressed hope that in the new Parliament building, proceedings will be held with renewed vigour and energy.
Regular functioning in the new building is expected to begin from September 20, sources said.
Manmohan Singh, Shibu Soren & Maneka Gandhi likely to address function commemorating parliament on Tuesday
Former prime minister and Rajya Sabha MP Manmohan Singh, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader and Rajya Sabha member Shibu Soren and BJP Lok Sabha MP Maneka Gandhi are likely to speak during a function in Central Hall to commemorate the legacy of Parliament on Tuesday.
The function will mark the end of Parliamentary proceedings in the old building and then from 1:15 pm onwards, proceedings of both Houses will begin in the new Parliament building.
According to sources, after a group photo session of members of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha at 9:30 am, a function titled "Legacy of Parliament of India and Making Bharat Developed by 2047" will be held in the Central Hall between 11 am and 12:30 pm.
Sources informed that Singh being the senior-most MP in Rajya Sabha term-wise and Maneka Gandhi being the senior-most MP in Lok Sabha term-wise have been given the honour to speak at the function, where vice president Jagdeep Dhankhar, Speaker Om Birla and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also be present.
Modi will also address the function, sources said.
Soren is the most senior MP due to his tenure in both Houses combined and that is why he has been invited to speak at the function, sources added.
They said that apart from these, leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, leader of Rajya Sabha Piyush Goyal and leader of opposition in the upper house Mallikarjun Kharge will also speak.
After this, the special session will resume in the new Parliament building at 1:15 pm.
Earlier today, the special session of Parliament began with a discussion on 75 years of Parliament, with Modi initiating the discussion.
The session is to continue till September 22.