New Delhi: PM Narendra Modi addressed the special session of Parliament to commemorate Constitution Day. In his speech to the joint sitting of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the strength and inclusivity of the Indian Constitution. He said, the Constitution of India highlights both rights and duties of citizens and this is a special aspect of our Constitution. Mr Modi said, let us think about how we can fulfill the duties enshrined in the Constitution. Prime minister urged everyone as proud citizens of India, let us think about how our actions will make the nation even stronger. Saying India’s Constitution is most secular in the world, Prime Minister said, Constitution is our most revered book. He said, because of the strength of the Constitution, we have been able to realise the vision of Ek Bharat Shresth Bharat.
In a passing remark that could be a subtle reference to the imposition of Emergency under a Congress government, Mr Modi said, in the past, we have lost both our freedom and the republic nature of our country due to our own mistakes.
Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs minister Pralhad Joshi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla welcomed all the dignitaries present to witness the joint sitting.
While the joint sitting underway, opposition leaders including Sonia Gandhi, former Prime minister Manmohan Singh and Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant, held a protest in front of the Ambedkar Statue in Parliament opposing government formation in Maharashtra. Sonia Gandhi read out some portion of the Indian Constitution in front of Ambedkar’s statue where the Opposition leaders gathered.