Indian Constitution Day 2019 Celebrations Live Coverage: Addressing the joint sitting of Parliament on the occasion of Constitution Day today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underlined that Constitution highlights rights and duties of citizens. Constitution for me is ‘Dignity for Indian and Unity for India’, 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 enshrined in our Constitution. As proud citizens of India, let us think about how our actions will make our nation even stronger,” PM Modi said. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also addressed the Parliament on the occasion.
However, the Opposition led by the Congress decided to boycott the President, PM’s address in protest against Maharashtra political developments.
The Constitution Day is celebrated on November 26 to mark the adopting of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949. It came into force on January 26, 1950. The government has planned year long activities throughout the country to mark 70 years of the adoption of the Constitution. Constitution Day was first celebrated in 2015, when the Narendra Modi government decided to mark the day as a tribute to BR Ambedkar who played an important role in its framing as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee. The constituent assembly took two years, eleven months and seventeen days to accomplish the stupendous task of drafting the historic document. It had many members who fought for the freedom of the country and came from different regions, religions, communities reflecting the country’s diversity.