New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his last address to the Old Parliament on Monday, recalled the rich legacy of temple of democracy while listing out the memorable & milestone moments of the structure and also spoke about how it will continue to inspire the future generations.
Reminiscing about the eight-decade journey of the country, he said that the Parliament complex was witness to every good & bad times that the nation went through. PM Modi also gave a shoutout to country’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru during his address.
PM Modi said that Nehru’s ‘tryst with destiny’ speech will continue to inspire future generations of the country.
“The echo of Pandit Nehru’s ‘at the stroke of midnight’ in Parliament will continue to inspire us. And this is that very Parliament where Atal Ji said ‘sarkaren aayengi, jayengi; partiyan banegi, bigedgi; magar ye desh rahna chahiye’ (governments will come and go; parties will form and dissolvel; but the country should remain),” PM Modi said in Lok Sabha.
India’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru, in his first address to nation midnight of August 15, 1947, had said, “At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom.”
PM Modi also highlighted the momentous moments like successful Chandrayaan-3 and India’s G-20 Presidency, during his address.
Prime Minister said that this was an emotional moment to bid goodbye to the Old Parliament complex and added that this was also an occasion to remember everyone who were part of the historic journey.
Notably, this is the last day of functioning of Old Parliament complex. The proceedings will shift to new Parliament complex from tomorrow.