Debate is parliament’s soul: Modi

New Delhi (IANS) Debate and discussion is parliament’s soul, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday ahead of the winter session that is likely to see his government fend charges of growing intolerance while pushing for the passage of key bills.

“I am hopeful that the ideas, discussions and thinking will create new innovative ideas to make the nation better,” Modi told reporters outside parliament.


“Debate and discussion is the soul of parliament,” he said.

He said he was “confident that we all members of parliament will leave no stone un-turned to meet the people’s expectations”.

He also said the constitution was a ray of hope. “When I say hope, I mean H for harmony, O for opportunity, P for people’s participation and E for equality,” he said.

The winter session will end on December 23.

Several economic reform bills are on the government’s agenda, with the bill to implement Goods and Services Tax (GST) being a priority.

Modi greets nation on first Constitution Day

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday greeted the nation on the Constitution Day being marked here for the first time.

“Greetings to people of India on the historic occasion of 1st Constitution Day. May this day inspire you to know more about our Constitution,” Modi said in a tweet.

The Constitution of India was adopted on November 26, 1949 before it came into force on January 26, 1950.

He said this day was in honour of all the great people who worked tirelessly towards making the Constitution.

“No mention of our Constitution is complete without remembering the stellar contribution of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. I salute him,” he added.

In a tribute to B.R. Ambedkar, widely regarded as the architect of the Indian constitution, the parliament will hold a special sitting on Thursday and Friday.

The two-day event will be a part of year-long nationwide celebrations to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Ambedkar.

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