President Addresses Joint Sitting of Parliament
Recently, President of India has addressed the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament at the
beginning of the Budget Session.
➢ Article 87 of the constitution provides two instances when the President specially addresses both
Houses of Parliament.
➢ The President of India addresses both the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha at the beginning of the
first Session after each general election when the reconstituted lower house meets for the first
➢ The President also addresses both the houses at the beginning of the first session of each year.
First Constitutional Amendment, 1951:
➢ Originally, the Constitution had required the President to address both Houses of Parliament at the
commencement of every session.
➢ This requirement was changed by the First Amendment to the first session after each general
election to the House of the People and at the commencement of the first session of each year.
➢ All executive power is vested in the President of India. The Council of Ministers headed by the
Prime Minister aids and advises the President who exercises his powers in accordance with such
➢ Hence, the President’s speech essentially highlights the government’s policy priorities and plans for
the upcoming year. It also provides a broad framework of the government’s agenda and direction