Today marks a historic moment for India as the Parliament prepares to shift to its new building. Top leaders from both houses will lead Members of Parliament (MPs) to the new premises following lunch. Here’s what you need to know about today’s events:
Group Photographs in the Inner Courtyard
The day will kick off with three separate group photographs. The first photograph will feature MPs from both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha, the second will showcase members of the Upper House, and the third will capture Lok Sabha members. These photographs will be taken in the inner courtyard of the old Parliament building.
Central Hall Ceremony
Vice President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Jagdeep Dhankhar, along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, will lead a ceremony in the Central Hall of Parliament. This event aims to celebrate India’s rich parliamentary heritage and reiterate the commitment to transform India into a developed nation by 2047.
Key Highlights of the Central Hall Ceremony
- Constitution in the Central Hall: Prime Minister Modi is expected to carry a copy of the Constitution into the Central Hall for this special occasion.
- Distinguished Speakers: Eminent parliamentarians, including Maneka Gandhi, Shibu Soren, Piyush Goyal (Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha), Mallikarjun Kharge (Leader of the Opposition in the Upper House), and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (Congress leader in the Lok Sabha), will address the assembly.
Shift to the New Parliament Building
After the ceremony, top leaders will lead all MPs to the new Parliament building. Lok Sabha proceedings will commence there at 1.15 pm, while the Rajya Sabha will meet at 2.15 pm. This historic move aligns with Ganesh Chaturthi, a significant occasion for Hindus symbolizing new beginnings.
PM Modi’s Tribute to Nehru and Vajpayee
During a special session on Monday, Prime Minister Modi paid tribute to Jawaharlal Nehru’s “tryst with destiny” speech, emphasizing its inspirational significance. He also remembered Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s remark, “governments may come and go,” as part of the occasion.
This shift to the new Parliament building represents a significant milestone in India’s democratic journey, symbolizing progress and a commitment to the nation’s future.