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Sunday Special on House menu

delhi Updated: May 13, 2012 02:40 IST
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On an unusual working Sunday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and finance minister Pranab Mukherjee will lead members of both Houses to highlight the 60-year journey of parliamentary democracy in India.

The day-long special sittings of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will conclude with the address of President Pratibha Patil to a joint sitting of both Houses in the historic Central Hall of Parliament.

The occasion marks the inaugural session of the first Lok Sabha held on May 13, 1952. Speaker Meira Kumar will make the opening remarks to commemorate the special day in the history of the world’s biggest parliamentary democracy.

Besides prominent members from all parties, independent MPs will also get a chance to speak during the five-hour discussion in both Houses.

A few living members of the first Lok Sabha, including 91-year-old Reishang Keishing and Resham Lal Jangde, will be honoured on the ocassion.

Both Houses will meet at 11am and are likely to conclude the discussions at 4.30pm.

In the evening, the President will release coins of R5 and R10 denomination to mark the occasion along with a special stamp.

The President will also release three books — Members’ Introduction: First Lok Sabha; Speakers of Lok Sabha and 60 years of the Lok Sabha: An Analysis — on the occasion. The books have been published by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

A cultural programme featuring Santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma and singers Shubha Mudgal and Iqbal Khan will light up the evening.