MPs bid adieu to historic parliament building, step into new building

The transition a journey from 'Tryst with Destiny' to 'Tryst with Modernity': Vice-President

GN Bureau | September 19, 2023


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PM Narendra Modi and other dignitaries walk from the old building of Parliament to the new building on Tuesday
PM Narendra Modi and other dignitaries walk from the old building of Parliament to the new building on Tuesday

A function was organised in the Central Hall of Parliament on Tuesday to commemorate the rich legacy of the Parliament of India as the Members came together to bid adieu to the historical building before stepping into the New Building of Parliament.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, union ministers, and MPs from various political parties were present on the occasion. PM Modi also addressed the members in the Lok Sabha, in the Rajya Sabha and also in the Central Hall.

In his address to MPs in the Central Hall, vice-president Jagdeep Dhankhar described this transition as a journey from 'Tryst with Destiny' to 'Tryst with Modernity' and called upon all MPs to join the historic journey towards Bharat @2047.

He noted that the hallowed precincts of the Parliament building have witnessed many milestones in its seven decade long journey which continue to resonate with the aspirations of over a billion hearts.

Underscoring that the new building of Parliament is not just an “architectural marvel” but also "a testament to the dawn of Aatmanirbhar Bharat”, Dhankhar noted that it not only serves as a reflection of India's cultural diversity but also stands as a glowing symbol of "national pride, unity, and diversity."

Recalling the decorum and healthy debates witnessed during the functioning of the Constituent Assembly, Dhankhar stressed the need to “emulate the exemplary conduct of our founding fathers.”

Terming disturbances and disruptions in the Parliament as antithetical to the democratic values, the Rajya Sabha chairman emphasised the need to promote the spirit of cooperation and consensus in the new Parliament building. Urging everyone to resolve to “keep national interest uppermost”, he called upon everyone to work together to make New Chambers of the Parliament the sanctum sanctorum of our Temple of Democracy.

The vice-president also commended the recent infrastructural marvels in India—the New Parliament Building, Bharat Mandapam, and Yashobhoomi—as world-class accomplishments. “These iconic venues are set to play a pivotal role in shaping India’s tomorrow”, he added.

Acknowledging India’s emergence as a global “agenda-setter” for peace, climate action, and economic development on par with leading nations, Dhankhar praised the leadership for the astute approach, people-centric vision, unwavering dedication, and exemplary execution which was demonstrated in recently organised impactful G-20 summit under India’s presidency. He also lauded the contributions of people from diverse backgrounds and the bureaucracy responsible for policy implementation.

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