New Delhi: Members of Parliament gathered in Central Hall to bid adieu to the historic Parliament building before shifting to the new building on a day that coincided with the auspicious Ganesh Chaturthi festival, today.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi began the address at the Central Hall of the old Parliament building, where a function was organised to commemorate the rich legacy of the Parliament of India, by conveying the best wishes on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. He noted today’s occasion when the proceedings of the House will be taking place in the new building of the Parliament, and said, “We are heading to the new Parliament building with the resolve and determination to transform India into a developed nation”.
As the Members came together to bid adieu to the historical building before stepping into the new building of Parliament, Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar described this transition as a journey from ‘Tryst with Destiny’ to ‘Tryst with Modernity’ and called upon all Members to join the historic journey towards “Bharat @2047”.
The Vice President noted that the hallowed precincts of the Parliament building have witnessed many milestones in its seven-decade-long journey which continue to resonate with the aspirations of over a billion hearts.
Underscoring that the new building of Parliament is not just an “architectural marvel” but also “a testament to the dawn of Aatmanirbhar Bharat (Self-reliant India),” Dhankhar noted that it not only serves as a reflection of India’s cultural diversity but also stands as a glowing symbol of “national pride, unity, and diversity.”
Recalling the decorum and healthy debates witnessed during the functioning of the Constituent Assembly, Dhankhar stressed the need to “emulate the exemplary conduct of our founding fathers.”
Terming disturbances and disruptions in the Parliament as antithetical to democratic values, the Rajya Sabha Chairman emphasised the need to promote the spirit of cooperation and consensus in the new Parliament building. Urging everyone to resolve to “keep national interest uppermost”, he called upon everyone to work together to make New Chambers of the Parliament the sanctum sanctorum of our Temple of Democracy.
The Vice President also commended the recent infrastructural marvels in India—the New Parliament Building, Bharat Mandapam, and Yashobhoomi—as world-class accomplishments. “These iconic venues are set to play a pivotal role in shaping India’s tomorrow”, he added.
Acknowledging India’s emergence as a global “agenda-setter” for peace, climate action, and economic development on par with leading nations, Dhankhar praised the leadership for the astute approach, people-centric vision, unwavering dedication, and exemplary execution which was demonstrated in recently organised impactful G-20 summit under India’s presidency. He also lauded the contributions of people from diverse backgrounds and the bureaucracy responsible for policy implementation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Speaker Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla, Union Ministers, and MPs from various political parties were present on the occasion.
– global bihari bureau