- A Motion of Thanks to President for his address to the joint sitting of Parliament has been passed by both the Houses.
- President’s Address and Motion of Thanks are governed by Articles 86 (1) and 87(1) of the Constitution and Rules 16 to 24 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha.
- Article 87 of the constitution provides two instances when the President specially addresses both Houses of Parliament (a)first session of each year and (b)first Session after each general election when the reconstituted Lok Sabha meets for the first time.
- Article 86(1) of the Constitution provides that the President may address either House of Parliament or both Houses assembled together and for that purpose require the attendance of members.
- The President address is followed by a motion of thanks moved in each House by ruling party MPs.During the session,political parties discuss the motion of thanks also suggesting amendments.
- Members of Parliament vote on this motion of thanks.This motion must be passed in both of the houses.
- A failure to get motion of thanks passed amounts to defeat of government and leads to collapse of government.This is the reason Motion of Thanks is deemed to be a no-confidence motion.
- Further,notices of amendments to the Motion of Thanks can be given only after the President has delivered the Address.
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