Prime Minister Narendra Modi : Debates, dialogue soul of Parliament

Thursday, Nov 26, 2015,11:46 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Indicating government’s willingness to debate all issues in Parliament during the Winter session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said there cannot be a bigger platform for dialogue than the floor of the House. The Prime Minister also expressed confidence that the session would witness best thoughts, best discussion and best innovative ideas.

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 Parliament House complex on day one of the month-long Winter session.

Referring to the all-party meeting held yesterday, Modi said he had a discussion with leaders of all political parties 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, Modi said.

While opposition wants a debate on the issue of tolerance, government has made it clear that it is willing to discuss every issue raised on the floor of the House. Referring to the Constitution Day being observed today to mark the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949, he said awareness towards the Constitution should increase across the country.

He 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. He said the Constitution is a ray of hope. 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 said. The Prime Minister then visited a two-day exhibition on the making of Indian Constitution being held at Parliament Library Building.