Debates, Disputes, and Dialogues Soul of Parliament: PM Modi

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Declaring the government’s stand to debate all issues in Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday, said, debate, discussion, and dialogue, are the soul of the Parliament.

As the winter session begins today, PM Modi points out that there is no bigger centre for Samvad than the Parliament. Modi said, “The Parliament session will have good debates, discussions, innovative ideas, and the Parliament will shine.”

Expressing his confidence that the session would witness the best thoughts, best discussion, and best innovative ideas, the 65-year-old leader said, “There cannot be a bigger platform for a dialogue than the House. Debates, dispute,s and dialogues are the soul of Parliament. For other things, the entire country is available as an arena.”

Speaking to reporters in Parliament House complex, on day one of the month-long Winter session, Modi said, he had a discussion with leaders of all political parties on the smooth running of the session, referring to the all-party meeting held on Wednesday.

“I am happy that all political parties presented a positive outlook for dialogue and debates. I hope all the MPs will leave no stone unturned to live up to the expectations the country has from Parliament,” Modi said.

The government has made it clear that it is willing to discuss every issue raised on the floor of the House while opposition is all set to raise the issue of tolerance.

Amid the observation of the Constitution Day, he said, awareness towards the Constitution should increase across the country. Constitution Day is being observed to mark the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly, on this day, in 1949.

He further suggested that, Preamble of the Constitution,  should be studied by students, and it should gradually become a part of people’s day-to-day life. “It is our endeavour.”

“It is fortunate that it is the year of B R Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary — the man who played a key role in drafting the Constitution. The coincidence is inspiring. You must have seen the Parliament House complex lit up to mark the day. And I am confident that during the session, best thoughts, best discussion, and best innovative ideas will light up the House,” the PM said.

Terming the Constitution as a ‘ray of hope’, PM Modi said, “It is a guide. It lights up our path constantly. When I say hope — it stands for Harmony, Opportunity, People’s participation, and Equality.”

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