Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(ANI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS: We will have to take the pledge of ‘India First’, says PM Modi

The new Parliament building will cost Rs 971 crore and is estimated to be completed by 2022.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 03:15 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for the new building of Parliament on Thursday. The ceremony was attended by Union home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, foreign envoys and Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla. The ceremony was followed by a ‘sarva dharma prarthana’ (multi-faith prayer). The Prime Minister delivered his address at 2:15 pm.

The new Parliament building will cost Rs 971 crore and is estimated to be completed by 2022. Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla said that the new building will be a prime example of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. The current Parliament building was constructed by the British and its foundation stone was laid on February 12, 1921.

The new building will also have a grand Constitution Hall to showcase India’s democratic heritage, a lounge for members of Parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas and ample parking space. The Lok Sabha chamber will have a seating capacity for 888 members, while Rajya Sabha will have 384 seats, keeping in mind the future increase in the number of members for the two houses.

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PM Modi: We will have to take the pledge of ‘India First’

The Prime Minister urged citizens to take decisions that would improve the welfare of the country and that their efforts must be towards how India stands in 2047, the centenary year of Independence.

PM Modi: There can be differences, but disconnect should not be allowed

The PM said that differences in a democracy were normal but any type of disconnect was not and that democracy in India has always been about sorting out differences and contradictions. The PM also said that despite differences in policies and political ideologies, the ultimate goal should be to serve people.

PM Modi: Day will soon come when out countries will say ‘India is mother of democracy’

The Prime Minister praised India’s spirit of democracy, saying that it has been sacred and a way of life in the country that has been developed based on centuries of experience. He said that other countries discuss elections and other administrative issues when speaking about democracy and that a day would soon come when out countries will say ‘India is mother of democracy’.

PM Modi: Future generations will feel proud of a Parliament building made in independent India

The PM said that future generations would feel proud to see the new Parliament complex that is made in independent India, and that they need to understand why democracy is successful in India.

PM Modi: New Parliament building will fulfill the country’s aspirations

The Prime Minister said that the need was felt for a new Parliament building for years. 21st century India needs a new Parliament complex. The old building fulfilled the needs of the country, the new Parliament building will fulfill the country’s aspirations, he continued.

PM Modi: New building to do away with space crunch, will have additional space for visitors

People who come to meet public representatives in Parliament face many difficulties, there was space crunch. The new building will have additional space to allow people to meet the representatives.

PM Modi: New Parliament building is an example of the co-existence of the new and the old

The Prime Minister said that the new Parliament building is an example of the co-existence of the new and the old and that it was an effort to make changes within oneself in accordance with the time and needs.

PM Modi: Ceremony important milestone in history

The Prime Minister, in his address, called the foundation stone laying ceremony a historic event and an important milestone in India’s history.

Union Minister HS Puri delivers welcome address

Union Minister HS Puri delivered the welcome address in which he praised the PM for laying the foundation of a modern, strong, prosperous & self-reliant India with the inclusion of our proud history.

 

Multi-faith prayer underway

PM Modi, foreign envoys and other ministers attend the ‘sarva dharma prarthana’ (multi-faith prayer) at the foundation stone laying ceremony.

 

PM Modi unveils plaque to mark foundation stone laying ceremony of new Parliament building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Parliament building.

 

Ministers and foreign envoys present at ceremony

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, foreign Envoys and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also present at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Parliament building.

 

PM Modi lays foundation stone of new Parliament building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lays the foundation stone for the new Parliament building in the Parliament House Complex. Tata Trusts’ Chairman Ratan Tata, Union Minister HS Puri, Dy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh & various religious leaders present at ceremony.

 


PM Modi to lay foundation to new Parliament building

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone to the new Parliament building at 1pm, followed by an inter faith prayer at 1:30pm and his address at 2:15pm. The new building will cost Rs 971 crores and is estimated to be completed by 2022.

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