New Delhi, Sept 19: Members of both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha congregated in the inner courtyard of the old Parliament House just hours before the commencement of legislative proceedings in the new Parliament building.
According to a Lok Sabha bulletin, the event began with a joint photograph featuring members of the Rajya Sabha and the 17th Lok Sabha. Subsequently, separate group photos were taken, first with the Rajya Sabha MPs and then with the Lok Sabha members.
The gathering included notable political figures, such as Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh, and former prime ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda, all seated in the front row.
The first row also included Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Union Cabinet ministers, leaders of parties with significant representation in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, senior members, the oldest member, BJP president J P Nadda, and the secretary-general of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.
Following a ceremonial event in the Central Hall of the old building, legislative proceedings were scheduled to shift to the new Parliament building.
The Lok Sabha was set to convene at the new facility at 1.15 pm, while Rajya Sabha proceedings in its new chamber were slated to commence at 2.15 pm. This historic transition marks a significant moment in India’s parliamentary history as it moves from its old Parliament House to the new, state-of-the-art facility designed to accommodate the evolving needs of the nation’s legislature.