PM Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s new Parliament Building in New Delhi on 28th May 2023. The new building of Parliament is going to fill all of us with pride and hope, said PM Modi as he dedicated the premises to the nation by physically unveiling the plaque.
The new Parliament building was formally opened by PM Modi with an early morning ceremonial fire ceremony (havan), followed by multi-faith prayers and an official opening. The ceremony also witnessed PM Modi leading a procession of ‘Sengol’ to the new Parliament building, where it was set in a special enclosure on the right side of the Speaker’s chair in the Lok Sabha chamber. The ceremony was attended by Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, various Chief Ministers and Union Ministers including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, and Jitendra Singh, BJP president J P Nadda and several others.
The old parliament building is almost a century old now, a building that served as a reminder of the colonial past. With the inauguration of the new Parliament House, India has reached a historic milestone as it now proudly exhibits a new architectural marvel that beautifully and wholly symbolises the character of a sovereign nation.
“As the new building of India’s Parliament is inaugurated, our hearts and minds are filled with pride, hope and promise. May this iconic building be a cradle of empowerment, igniting dreams and nurturing them into reality. May it propel our great nation to new heights of progress,” read a tweet by PM Modi. PM Modi had previously shared a video of the newly-constructed complex on Twitter, saying that the new Parliament building will make every Indian proud. He had also invited people to share it on the social media using the hashtag ‘MyParliamentMyPride’.
While addressing the gathering, PM Modi described the event as “a watershed moment in Indian history”. He said the new Parliament building is a democratic temple, a reflection of new India’s aspirations and a vehicle for realising the dreams of country’s freedom fighters. Highlighting how the new Parliament house symbolises growth and development, the prime minister said, “This new Parliament building will advocate for global growth as well as Indian development. India is the birthplace of democracy. Today, the sacred ‘Sengol’ was put in Parliament. The ‘Sengol’ represented justice, morality, and excellent government throughout the Chola empire. Whenever we begin proceedings in this Parliament House, Sengol will continue to inspire us all. India is not only a democratic nation, but it is also the mother of democracy, the Mother of Democracy. Our democracy is our inspiration, and our constitution is our determination. Our Parliament is the finest expression of this motivation, this determination.”
Conveying the shortcomings of the old parliament building, PM Modi informed that the old parliament had issues with technology and seating arrangements and that need for this new building was of urgent nature. He also said that the new parliament has generated employment for 60000 individuals. PM Modi also asserted that India’s journey after slavery has been tough and full of many ups and downs and numerous hurdles and that today, the country has reached the golden era of freedom. “We must also expect a rise in the number of seats and MPs in the future years. That is why a new Parliament was desperately needed… I take immense pride in having built 4 crore homes and 11 crore toilets for the people, as well as 4 lakh kilometers of rural roads, 50,000 Amrit Sarovars, and 30,000 new Panchayat Bhavans. From Sansad Bhavan to Panchayat Bhavan, our intention has been unchanged. I am confident that the people’s representatives who will sit in this Parliament, with new inspiration, will try to steer democracy in a new direction,” said PM Modi concluding his speech.