Leaving his abrasive stance against the Opposition in general and the Congress party in particular behind, PM Narendra Modi today softened his stance and said there cannot be a bigger platform for dialogue than Parliament’s Lok Sabha. With the Opposition, especially Rahul Gandhi’s Congress crucial to passing big bang economic reforms, Narendra Modi expressed confidence that the session would witness best thoughts, best discussion and best innovative ideas. Whether this means he will agree to change the GST Bill and other pending matters as demanded by the Opposition is still unclear, leaving much of Parliament agenda under cloud. PM also spoke about the Constitution Day today. Check out the top 8 points Narendra Modi made just ahead of Parliament’s Winter Session:
1. “There cannot be a bigger platform for a dialogue than the House. Debates, disputes and dialogues are the soul of Parliament. For other things, the entire country is available as an arena.”
2. “I had discussion with leaders of all political parties on the smooth running of the session yesterday (Wednesday) at the all-party meeting. It was a good discussion in a good atmosphere. All were of the view that parliament should be run in the best possible way”.
3. “I am happy that all political parties presented a positive outlook for dialogue and debates. I hope all the MPs will leave no stone unturned to live up to the expectations the country has from Parliament”.
4. “I am hopeful that the ideas, discussions and thinking will create new innovative ideas to make the nation better.”
5. “Constitution Day is being observed today to mark the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949 and awareness towards it should increase across the country.”
6. “Preamble of the Constitution should be studied by students and it should gradually become a part of people’s day-to-day life. It is our endeavour.”
7. “It is fortunate that it is the year of B R Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary — the man who played a key role in drafting the Constitution. The coincidence is inspiring. You must have seen the Parliament House complex lit up to mark the day. And I am confident that during the session, best thoughts, best discussion and best innovative ideas will light up the House.”
8. “Constitution is a ray of hope. It is a guide. It lights up our path constantly. When I say hope — it stands for Harmony, Opportunity, People’s participation and Equality.”
Parliament Winter Session will end on December 23, 2015.