New Delhi, 13 May 2020: On the occasion of 68th year of the first sittings of Parliament of India, Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu; Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla; Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Shri Prahlad Joshi; Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs Shri V. Muraleedharan today visited the historic Central Hall of Parliament House and Chambers of Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha.
On the occasion, Shri Naidu and Shri Birla discussed about various memories and experiences of the First Sittings of the two Houses.
Earlier, Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla congratulated the people on this occasion and observed that today is a momentous day for Indian democracy. Shri Birla said that it was on 13 May 1952, that both Houses of Parliament - Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, held their first sittings after Independence.
Shri Birla underlined the fact that democratic traditions in India have strong roots since ancient times and as such, its democratic institutions have contributed immensely in the task of nation-building. He further said that our Parliament has been playing a pivotal role in realizing the cherished ideals of the Constitution, participatory democracy, social justice and ensuring that citizens get their rightful economic, social, political and cultural rights.
Lok Sabha Speaker also observed that it is a matter of great pride that during the past seven decades, we have surmounted innumerable obstacles and have successfully safeguarded and consolidated our Constitution and the democratic principles of governance. Noting that whenever any challenge has confronted our country in the past, people of our great nation have collectively come together to face it, Shri Birla expressed the hope that with the united efforts of our countrymen, we will be successful in overcoming the COVID-19 epidemic too.