Opposition pushes through amendment to President’s speech

NEW DELHI: This is the fifth time in parliamentary history that an amendment to the President’s speech has been made.

In a repeat of last year, the Opposition managed to push through an amendment to the President’s address in the Parliament on Wednesday.

This is the fifth time in parliamentary history that an amendment to the President’s speech has been made.

The amendment, moved by the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, had 94 votes for the amendment and 61 against.

The amendment said that the President’s address did not mention that the government was committed to the securing right of all citizens to contest polls at all levels, accoridng to ANI.

Such a move has earlier been made on January 30, 1980, during Janata Party rule, then on December 29, 1989, during V.P. Singh-led National Front and third time on March 12, 2001 when Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government was in power.

Last year, the amendment read, “There is no mention in the address about the failure of the government to curb high level corruption and to bring back black money.”