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First Session of New Parliament “Naya Sansad”: Old Parliament to be “remembered as a Golden Chapter in Indian democracy”

Kavita Sharma

New Parliament: Indian Parliament’s five-day special session starts in New Parliament Building. The first session of the Special Parliament Session announced last month started Sunday and was held at the old building, where both the houses ,Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha discussed the 75 years of parliament’s journey since independence. Before the start of the five day special session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Parliament in the old building.

In an emotional tone, he recollected the contributions and memories of the old Presidents and the Prime Ministers including Jawaharlal Nehru, Manmohan Singh, Atal Bihari Vajpee and others. He also acknowledged First Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and his cabinet members. For India’s First Law Minister B R Ambedkar, Modi said “ Ambedkar sought to imbibe the best practices of the world and came out with a historic factory Act and water policy. First Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech of the midnight hour will also remain an inspiration for us, he added. Recollecting the speeches of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee,Modi said “ Atal ji always said “Governments will come and go but the country will remain forever.”

Old Building will be remembered as “ Samvidhan Sadan”

During his 80 minutes speech Modi also said “ We might shift to the new building but this building will keep inspiring the new generations and will remain as a golden chapter of the Indian Democracy. He also proposed to name the old parliament building as “samvidhan sadan” Prime Minister Modi also talked about women participation in the country.

The cabinet, in the very first session of new Parliament has already given approval for the much awaited Women Reservation Bill, pending for almost two decades.

Before shifting to the New parliament members of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha gathered for a group photograph which was followed by a function in the Central hall of old building. Before leading the fellow MPs to the new Building Modi said “ It is a historic day”. The old Building will now become a Museum. The MPs received a special hamper which includes a copy of the Constitution of India and a commemorative coin which features the new parliament and a stamp.

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