New Delhi: On Thursday, 10th December, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the New Parliament Building. The new building is an intrinsic part of the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and will be a landmark opportunity to build a peoples’ Parliament for the first time after independence, one which will match the needs and aspirations of ‘New India’ in the 75th anniversary of independence in 2022, stated the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in a press communication. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also congratulated PM Modi, saying the new Parliament will be a symbol of a self-reliant India, become locus for fulfilling hopes & aspirations of citizens.”
Speaking on the occasion, Prime Minister Modi said it was a milestone in India’s democratic history, filled with the idea of Indianness. He added that the start of the construction of the Parliament House of India is one of the most important stages of India’s democratic traditions. He called upon the people of India to build this new building of the Parliament together, saying it can’t be more beautiful or purer than witnessing the new Parliament building when India celebrates 75 years of independence.
PM Narendra Modi recalled the moment when he entered the Parliament House for the first time in 2014 as an MP. He remarked that many new things are being done in the new Parliament House that will increase the efficiency of the MPs and modernise their work culture, adding that if the old Parliament House gave direction to post-independence India, the new building would become a witness to the making of an ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat.’ If work was done to fulfill the needs of the country in the old Parliament House, then the aspirations of 21st century India will be fulfilled in the new building, the Prime Minister said.
The PM remarked that democracy elsewhere is about election procedures, governance, and administration, but democracy in India is about life values, it is the way of life and the soul of a nation. He added that India’s democracy is a system developed through centuries of experience, and that there is also a life mantra, an element of life as well as a system of order in the democracy in India. He said it is India’s democratic strength that is giving new energy to the development of the country and giving new faith to its countrymen, adding that democracy in India is constantly being renewed every year and it is seen that voter turnout is increasing with every election.
Prime Minister Modi remarked that democracy in India has always been a means of resolving differences along with governance, observing that different views, different perspectives empower a vibrant democracy. He said India’s democracy has moved forward with the goal that there is always room for differences so long as it is not entirely disconnected from the process, and stressed that policies and politics may vary but that the government is for the service of the public and there should be no differences in this ultimate goal. He added whether debates occur within the Parliament or outside, the determination towards national service and dedication towards national interest should be reflected in them constantly.
PM Modi urged the people to remember that it is the responsibility of the people to awaken the optimism towards democracy which is the basis of the existence of the Parliament House. He observed that every member who enters the Parliament is accountable towards the public as well as the Constitution. He said there are no rituals as such to consecrate this temple of democracy, adding that it is the representatives of the people who come to this temple that will consecrate it. He said their dedication, their service, conduct, thought, and behaviour will become the life of this temple, remarking that their efforts towards the unity and integrity of India will become the energy that gives life to this temple. He added that when each public representative will offer his knowledge, intelligence, education, and experience fully here, then this new Parliament House will gain sanctity.
Prime Minister Modi urged the people to take the pledge to keep India first, to worship only the progress of India and the development of India, every decision should increase the strength of the country and that the country’s interest is paramount. He asked everyone to take the pledge that there will be no greater interest for them than national interest, stating that their concern for the country will be more than their own personal concerns. Nothing will be more important to them than the unity, the integrity of the country, said PM Modi, adding that tignity and fulfillment of the Constitution of the country will be the biggest goal of their life.
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