A golden moment for Indian democracy developed nation which will inspire the world:PM Modi

Staff Reporter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the new Parliament complex amid a boycott by 21 opposition parties and described the occasion as a golden moment for Indian democracy, signalling the dawn of a self-reliant and developed nation which will inspire the world.

In a 35-minute speech delivered from the grand and cavernous Lok Sabha hall that looked resplendent in motifs of peacock, the national bird, Modi said the new Parliament reflected the aspirations and resolve of the “new India” to work towards achieving greater heights. The colour scheme of the House of the People remains green as in the original building that stands alongside the new one.

“I am confident that the new Parliament will herald the dawn of a new, resurgent, developed India.... Every brick, every wall, every particle of this Parliament is dedicated to the welfare of the poor. The path of priority to the deprived passes through here,” declared the PM in remarks that were preceded by reading of congratulatory messages from President Droupadi Murmu and Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar, who were not physically present at the event. The PM occupied the dais flanked by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh.

The President, in her message read by Harivansh, said she was “deeply satisfied that the Prime Minister, the symbol of faith of Parliament, is inaugurating the complex.

The message came amid the Opposition stand of skipping the event to protest the inauguration by the PM instead of the President.

Few kilometres away, national-level wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia and Vinesh Phogat were detained by the Delhi police today for trying to storm the new Parliament building as part of protests seeking the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, accused of sexual assault.

As the visuals of detained wrestlers and grand opening of a new Parliament address presented a contrast, the Prime Minister, in first remarks from a new Lok Sabha chamber, said, “Democracy is India’s inspiration, Constitution its resolution. Parliament is the finest embodiment of this spirit. We are not just a democratic nation. We are the mother of democracy.”

Earlier today, multi-faith prayers marked the opening ceremony for the new building, with the PM prostrating before the historic Sengol ahead of its installation near the Speaker’s Chair following elaborate rituals

We are fortunate to have restored the glory of the Sengol, which not only marked the transfer of power from the British to India in 1947, but also symbolised the path of duty. It will inspire us in our work,” Modi said to a vast and distinguished gathering featuring Supreme Court and High Court judges, former PM HD Deve Gowda, MPs of 25 parties, including ruling NDA constituents and seven non-BJP outfits (YSRCP, TDP, BJD, BSP, LJP, SAD, JD-S); Chief Ministers of BJP and NDA-ruled states; Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran. Tata Sons has built the new complex, which marks India’s transition from a colonial-era Parliament inaugurated in 1927 to a new complex designed and executed by Indians in under two and a half years.

Modi had laid its foundation in December 2020 in a ceremony the Opposition had skipped.

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