Parliament moved into the new building on Tuesday after the Lok Sabha Secretariat designated the new building as the Parliament House of India. The name of the old building will be ‘Samvidhan Sadan’. On the first day of proceedings in the new building, the government introduced the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha after PM Narendra Modi appealed to members to pass the bill unanimously.
The lower house was adjourned immediately after the bill was introduced in the House. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was briefly adjourned soon after the meeting began in the new building. When the meeting started again, PM Modi addressed the House.
The Women’s Reservation Bill was first introduced in 1996, and was also passed by the Rajya Sabha in March 2010, but it lapsed after the Lok Sabha failed to pass it. Government sources were confident about the bill’s prospects in Parliament this time as well as getting the necessary support from the states.
They said the Congress will have to come together and point to the states that are with the BJP, its allies as well as parties that are not part of the NDA but are in support of the measure.
The decision, put forward by the Prime Minister and approved by the Union Cabinet at a meeting on Monday evening, is aimed at safely passing the bill in both Houses in the special session, starting a lengthy process that requires nothing more than two-thirds support. Requires support in both Houses and ratification by half of the legislatures.
Earlier in the day, a ceremony was held at the Central Hall to bid farewell to the old Parliament building. In his address, PM Modi urged the members to reiterate their commitment to make India a developed nation by 2047. He described the move for a new Parliament building as a new beginning towards a new future. MPs also gathered outside the old building for a group photograph.