The concluding day of the Budget Session in the Indian Parliament is poised for intense discussions, with a focus on two pivotal topics. Both Houses are gearing up to pass a resolution expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his significant role in the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.
Simultaneously, the Rajya Sabha is set to deliberate on the “White Paper” regarding the Indian economy, both pre and post the Bharatiya Janata Party’s assumption of power.
In an unusual move, the last day will forego the zero and question hours in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, with discussions commencing promptly. The Lower House will open proceedings with a Motion of Thanks on the Ram Mandir construction at 11:00 am, while the Rajya Sabha’s discussion will kick off at 3:00 pm.
The absence of zero and question hour is a rare occurrence, emphasizing the significance of the topics at hand. The Lok Sabha will delve into the Ram Mandir discourse, while the Rajya Sabha will center its attention on the “White Paper” presented by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Reports suggest that around 4:00 pm, a brief discussion on the conclusion of the 17th Lok Sabha will unfold, allowing opposition MPs five minutes to express their views. At 5:00 pm, Prime Minister Modi is expected to address both Houses, marking a notable moment in the proceedings.
Notably, the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya has been a long-standing goal for the BJP, and its significance is anticipated to play a pivotal role in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.
In parallel, members of the opposition Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) bloc are expected to convene before the session to strategize for Saturday’s debates. Congress leader Manish Tewari, on Friday, characterized the government’s “White Paper” as a “political manifesto,” citing initiatives like the Right to Information, Right to Education, Right to Food, and MGNREGA introduced by the Congress government. Tewari argued that these initiatives strengthened the social, political, and economic foundations of the country.
The “White Paper,” presented by Finance Minister Sitharaman, highlighted a critical assessment of the previous decade, describing it as a “lost decade” under the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. The paper attributed a “mountain of bad loans” and “double-digit inflation” to the UPA government, asserting that it had failed to facilitate economic activities, thereby impeding economic growth.