Debate, dialogue soul of Parliament: PM Modi

RSTV Bureau
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the media on the opening day of the winter session of  Parliament, in New Delhi, November 26, 2015. Union Parliamentary affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh are also seen.  Photo - PTI

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the media on the opening day of the winter session of Parliament, in New Delhi, November 26, 2015. Union Parliamentary affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh are also seen.
Photo – PTI

Just before the Winter Session of the Parliament began, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the government’s willingness to talk on all issues. He said that the floor of the House was the biggest platform for dialogue.

“There cannot be a bigger platform for a dialogue than the House. Debates, disputes and dialogues are the soul of Parliament. For other things, the entire country is available as an arena,” he told reporters in the Parliament House complex on day one of the month-long Winter Session.

While referring to the all-party meet that was held on Wednesday morning, PM Modi said that all political parties presented a positive outlook on the smooth running of the session.

“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,” he said.

Opposition parties had made it clear that they wanted a debate on the issue of intolerance and the government responded by saying that it is willing to discuss every issue raised on the floor of the House.

PM also spoke about the first Constitution Day that India is celebrating today on the 125th birth anniversary for BR Ambedkar.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of an exhibition on making of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly, at Parliament Library, November 26, 2015. Lok Sabha  Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and  Deputy  Speaker M Thambidurai are also seen.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the inauguration of an exhibition on making of the Constitution by the Constituent Assembly, at Parliament Library, November 26, 2015. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai are also seen.

“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.

He expressed that the awareness towards the Constitution should increase across the country.

“It our endeavor” to gradually make the Preamble a part of people’s day-to-day life, the PM 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,” he added.

On November 26, 1949, the Indian Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly.

Before the session began, PM Modi also visited the exhibition on the making of Indian Constitution which is being held at Parliament Library Building.

(With inputs from PTI)