Our Constitution is a ray of hope; hopeful of constructive dialogue, says PM Modi

New Delhi: The Winter Session of Parliament, which begins on Thursday, is expected to be a stormy affair with the Opposition set to raise the ‘intolerance’ issue and press for a resolution to condemn it even as the government assured that it is ready to discuss any issue.

The first two days of the month-long session will be dedicated to the anniversary of the adoption of the Indian Constitution also known as Constitution Day.

I want all Indians to imbibe the greatness of Dr Ambedkar: PM

Our constitution is a ray of hope, where H stands for harmony, O for opportunity, P for people’s participation and E for equality: PM Modi

Parliament is for the debate and discussion, I am hopeful that all parliamentarians will live up to people’s expectations during the Winter Session: PM

We are also ready for debates, but all parties must work for the nation: PM Modi

I met leaders from all parties and everyone agreed that Parliament must function smoothly: PM

PM Modi address media in the Parliament complex just ahead of the commencement of the Winter Session.

We’ll be observing Constitution day today. Appeal to all parties to take inspiration from Dr. Ambedkar’s contribution: Venkaiah Naidu.

Govt is ready to discuss each and every issue in Parliament. Govt willing to discuss issue of so called ‘intolerance’: Naidu.

People do not want confrontational politics, they want collaborative politics: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh to initiate 2-day discussion on ‘commitment to Constitution’ in Parliament as part of Dr Ambedkar’s 125 birth anniversary celebration.

PM Modi also paid tribute to BR Ambedkar.

Through a tweet, PM today appealed to the countrymen to uphold ideals and values of the Constitution and create an India that will make its founding fathers proud.

PM Narendra Modi greets people on Constitution Day.

Another issue which is likely to trigger a confrontation between the government and the opposition is the GST bill. Keen to pass key reform bills like GST and ensure a smooth session, government yesterday reached out to opposition parties saying it “does not support or condone” Dadri like incidents and is aware of their concerns.

An all-party meeting held here in the backdrop of cine actor Aamir Khan’s remarks on ‘intolerance’ saw opposition parties making a strong pitch for an early discussion on the issue, insisting that the returning of awards by writers, artistes and filmmakers should not be taken lightly. Assuring the members on this count, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, “Government is ready to discuss all issues including that of the so-called intolerance though it falls in the domain of states. We do not support or condone such incidents.”

PM Modi, who attended the meeting briefly, said Parliament should run meaningfully and constructively to fulfill the people’s expectations. Modi assured the Opposition leaders that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will talk to them to address their concerns, if any, on the key reform measure.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who was in Bengaluru, said, “We are going to raise the issue of intolerance. What is happening in the country is distrubing and the Prime Minister is silent.” CPI-M General Secreatry Sitaram Yechury said he has given a notice in Rajya Sabha seeking passage of a one-line resolution by the House condemning the incidents of “intolerance” and asking the government to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.

With PTI inputs

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