President Droupadi Murmu Commends Newly-elected MPs, Forecasts Futuristic Union Budget

President Droupadi Murmu addressed a joint session of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on Thursday, congratulating all newly-elected MPs following the recent Lok Sabha elections. She assured the House that the upcoming Union Budget would be forward-looking, reflecting the government’s expansive policies.

Arriving at Parliament in a ceremonial procession from Rashtrapati Bhavan, escorted by horse-mounted presidential bodyguards, President Murmu was received by Prime Minister Modi and the presiding officers of both houses at the Gaja Dwar of the Parliament building. She proceeded to the Lower House chamber, led by the traditional scepter ‘Sengol’.

“I extend my congratulations to all the newly-elected members of the 18th Lok Sabha. You have earned the trust of the nation’s voters to serve the country and its people. Few are fortunate to have this opportunity. I have full confidence that you will fulfill your duties with the nation’s interests at heart,” President Murmu said in her address.

Reflecting on the Lok Sabha elections, President Murmu expressed gratitude to the Election Commission of India on behalf of millions of Indians. “This election was the largest in the world,” she noted. She also highlighted the historic formation of a stable government with a clear majority after six decades, emphasizing the nation’s trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership for a third term.

“The 18th Lok Sabha holds historical significance, ushering in the ‘Amrit Kaal’ era and marking the 56th year since the adoption of the Constitution,” President Murmu remarked.

“In the forthcoming sessions, the government will present its first budget of this term. This budget will be a visionary document, encompassing major economic and social decisions, accelerated reforms, and historic initiatives,” she announced.

President Murmu also condemned the unconstitutional 1975 Emergency, calling it a dark chapter in direct violation of the Constitution. She urged unity against divisive forces aiming to weaken democracy, both domestically and internationally.

Amidst opposition protests, President Murmu lauded India’s economic trajectory under PM Narendra Modi’s governance, crediting reforms for elevating India to the fifth-largest economy globally despite global challenges.

Touching on agricultural reforms, President Murmu highlighted initiatives to bolster rural infrastructure and support farmers under schemes like PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, emphasizing India’s shift towards organic farming and global market integration.

Speaking on digital reforms and exam integrity, she stressed the need for transparent government examinations and efforts to combat irregularities, pledging fair investigations and strict penalties for those involved in paper leaks.

The 18th Lok Sabha’s first session commenced on Monday, with the 264th session of the Rajya Sabha set to begin on June 27.

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