Congress MP Shashi Tharoor expressed his dissatisfaction on Thursday regarding President Droupadi Murmu's address to a joint session of Parliament, stating that it failed to address current issues. Tharoor criticized the mention of the 'emergency' topic in the President's speech as illogical and suggested she should have focused on contemporary issues. He noted the absence of discussion on topics like the NEET exam and unemployment, and the lack of mention of Manipur or issues like the India-China border. Tharoor's remarks come as this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975.

Earlier, President Droupadi Murmu, in her address to the joint session, criticized the implementation of the Emergency in 1975 under Indira Gandhi, calling it the darkest chapter in the direct attack on the Constitution. She assured that upcoming Parliament sessions would see major economic and social decisions, and historic steps would be announced in the Union Budget. President Murmu also congratulated the newly elected members of the 18th Lok Sabha, expressing her faith in their ability to serve the nation and fulfill the aspirations of the people.