Prez Kovind, PM Modi address joint session of Parliament on Constitution Day

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday addressed a special joint sitting in Parliament on the 70th Constitution Day.

Addressing the Parliament, President Kovind said, “It was in 2015, the 125th birth anniversary year of Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar that the Govt of India decided to celebrate Nov 26, as ‘Constitution Day’ every year. This is a commendable initiative to reiterate our gratitude to the chief architect of our Constitution.”

“The ‘Constitution of India’ lies at the foundation of the world’s largest democracy. This is the supreme law in the country’s democratic framework and it continuously guides us in our endeavours,” he added.

Whereas PM Modi said, “The Constitution of India highlights both rights and duties of citizens. This is a special aspect of our Constitution. Let us think about how we can fulfil the duties mentioned in our Constitution.”

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Meanwhile, the opposition parties protested outside Parliament and had boycotted the special joint sitting in Parliament, in protest against what they are calling the “murder of democracy” in Maharashtra and the “manhandling” of women MPs by security staff in the Lok Sabha. The protest was led by Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.

On Monday, Congress MPs clashed with Lok Sabha marshals amid protests over Maharashtra developments, forcing Speaker Om Birla to take action against two MPs. Two women MPs from the main opposition party alleged that they were “manhandled” by the marshals.

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