WATCH: President Ram Nath Kovind Addresses Joint Sitting Of Both The Houses In Parliament, Rahul Gandhi Seen Browsing His Phone


President Ram Nath Kovind outlined the priorities of the Modi government and gave a roadmap to fulfill those objectives

Written By Daamini Sharma | Mumbai | Updated On:

President Ram Nath Kovind addressed a joint session in Parliament on Thursday. In his speech to both the houses, he outlined the priorities of the Modi government and gave a roadmap to fulfill those objectives. However, the chief of the opposition party, Rahul Gandhi, was captured browsing his phone during the speech.

As other Parliamentarians were indulged into the points being made by the President of India, Congress President was seen scanning his phone, sitting right next to his mother Sonia Gandhi during the address.

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Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind began his address of the joint session of both the Houses at the Parliament by congratulating the voters, newly-elected lawmakers, security forces and the Election Commission.

"In this Lok Sabha more than half MPs are first-time lawmakers, the number of women MPs is at all time high at 78. This is unprecedented. It represents a New India," he said.

"In this Lok Sabha elections, more than 61 crore citizens cast their vote and set a new record. The people of India gave a clear mandate. The government is working for 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas", he further added.

President on Jal Shakti ministry

Highlighting the current water crisis in the country, President Ram Nath Kovind said that the government has taken cognizance of the issue. He hailed the formation of the Jal Shakti ministry calling it a decisive step towards countering the crisis.

President on strengthening rural India

President Ram Nath Kovind said that investment is being made to strengthen rural India, increase productivity of the agricultural sector.

"Another Rs 25 lakh crore will be invested in the coming years", he informed. 

President on Triple Talaq, Nikah Halala

Highlighting women's empowerment as one of the highest priorities of the government President Ram Nath Kovind said:

"To ensure equal rights for every sister and daughter in the country, eradication of practises like Triple Talaq and nikah halala is necessary. I would request all members to extend their support to these efforts to make the lives of our sisters and daughters more dignified and improved." 

By 2030, 40% Indian will not have access to drinking water