Barack Obama likely to address Parliament on Nov 9

A day`s joint sitting of Parliament is likely on November 9 to enable US President Barack Obama to address the members while the Winter session could be convened from the third week of November as usual.

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 23:32 PM IST

New Delhi: A day`s joint sitting of
Parliament is likely on November 9 to enable US President
Barack Obama to address the members while the Winter session
could be convened from the third week of November as usual.

Though there was no official word on it, Government
sources said there was a fresh plan to hold the Winter session
from November 22 to December 22.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister P K Bansal had earlier said
that the month-long session could be convened from November
eight.

Obama, who took over as US President in January last year,
will be undertaking his first state visit to India for pushing
the bilateral ties to new heights.

Former US President Bill Clinton had addressed a joint
session of Parliament during his visit in 2000.

Obama`s predecessor George W Bush, who visited India in
March 2006, could not have the honour of addressing the joint
session of Parliament of the world`s largest democracy.

Initially, Bush was tipped to address the joint session
but the plan was dropped when the Left parties threatened to
boycott it.

The Left parties were critical of Bush over the war in
Iraq.

Among others to have addressed the Indian MPs at a joint
session was the then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who
visited India in August 2007.

PTI