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Winter Session: PM hopes for 'high quality' debates

Last updated on: November 18, 2019 13:25 IST

IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media on the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, on Monday. Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, MoS Parliamentary Affairs Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi are also seen. Photograph: Kamal Singh/PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed the hope that the Winter session of Parliament will be a productive one with high quality debates in which all MPs will contribute through their intellect.

The government is open to discussions on all issues, the prime minister told journalists in Parliament complex ahead of the beginning of the session.

The Winter session begins on Monday and will continue till December 13.

Modi said the Winter session will be the last session of Parliament in 2019 and a very significant one.

 

"This is the 250th session of the Rajya Sabha. During this session on November 26, there is Constitution Day, when our Constitution completes 70 years. The Constitution inculcates the unity, integrity, diversity and beauty of the country and is a driving force for the country," he said.

The 70th year of the Constitution can also be an occasion for an awakening of the people of the country, Modi said.

Stating that he recently had the chance to meet the leaders of all parties, the prime minister described the last sessions as being full of unprecedented achievements.

"I must say proudly in public that this was not the success of the government. This was not the success of the treasury benches. This was the success of the entire House," he said.

"The credit goes to all MPs. I again express my gratitude to the MPs for their positive active role," he said.

Modi said this session will accelerate the development of the country.

Extending greetings to all MPs, Modi hoped the Winter session also enables Parliamentarians to strengthen the country's journey of development and go forward with the speed with which the world is moving.

Ahead of the Winter session, Modi on Sunday assured an all-party meeting that the government is ready to discuss all issues, while the opposition raised concerns over economic slowdown and farm distress and demanded that detained Lok Sabha MP Farooq Abdullah be allowed to attend the House.

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