‘Dialogue and debate strengthen country, violence weakens it’, says President Kovind in address to Parliament
President Ram Nath Kovind, in his opening address at the budget session pr Parliament, said that the present government has laid a strong foundation for ensuring that this century belongs to India.
Addressing both Houses of Parliament, President Kovind said, “This is a very important decade for India, as we will complete 75 years of Independence. The steps taken by my government has laid a strong foundation for to ensure that this decade, and the century, belongs to India.”
He also commended the people of the country for behaving maturely in the wake of the historic Ayodhya verdict given by Supreme Court last year. “The trust our people repose in our democratic processes, makes our democratic foundation strong. The level of maturity our people showed after the Ayodhya verdict is commendable. My government believes that dialogue and debate makes a democracy stronger. Any kind of violence weakens the country and our society,” President Kovind said.
“The corrective steps taken by government in the last five years on the ground has resulted in substantial improvement in India’s global ranking,” he further said in his address.
“The mandate my government has been given is one to create a ‘New India’ and that is what my government has set out to do,” he said as Opposition members sat with black bands in protest to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
President Kovind also urged the Members of Parliament to “to fulfil the hopes and aspirations of the countrymen”.
Terming the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A as “historic”, the President said that it resulted in development of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. “I congratulate the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh for entering the mainstream of development.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, speaking before the Budget Session, said it will be focussed mainly on economic issues.
“This is the first session of 2020. This is also the first Parliament session of this decade. All of us should strive towards ensuring a bright future for the decade and give it a solid foundation. This session will be focussed mainly on economic issues. I want that in both houses there are good debates on these issues,” PM Modi said.
“We have focused on the empowerment of women and the downtrodden. We will continue with that in this decade too,” he added.
The first phase of the session will conclude on February 11, while the second part of the session will begin from March 2 and end on April 3.