New Delhi, September 17 (Language) Before the Parliament is shifted to the new building, 10 women MPs have shared their memories, messages and experiences of the historic building in a handwritten ‘note’ to bid farewell to the old Parliament building.
Women MPs from various parties have written emotional messages bidding farewell to the old Parliament House which was witness to India’s democratic journey.
Shiromani Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal has described her visit to various halls of the Old Parliament House in her ‘note’.
He said, “From being an astonished spectator in 2006 to becoming a first-time MP in 2009, then becoming a minister for the first time in 2019, these 144 pillars in this temple of democracy have held a lot of memories for me.”
Badal said, “This beautiful building, steeped in history and the handiwork of thousands of Indian artists, sculptors and workers, has been a place of deep learning and immense satisfaction. Central Hall, where friendships were formed, all the memories will be cherished for a lifetime.
Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) Member of Parliament Priyanka Chaturvedi expressed similar memories in her note and said, “Memories, learning, policy making, friendship.” This beauty of history and wonder has seen deep discussion, disruption, legendary leaders and history makers.”
“Parliament has shaped our 75-year journey as a self-confident nation,” he said. Proud to be a part of this journey and hope that the essence of this Parliament House will remain intact in the new building. Always bless my nation with gratitude.
Union Minister and Apna Dal (Sonelal) MP Anupriya Patel recalled the moments of entering Parliament House for the first time.
“It was an emotional and humbling moment for me to enter the sacred complex of the Parliament House after winning my first parliamentary election in 2014 (16th Lok Sabha) from Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh,” he said in his note. I could deeply feel that I was entering a historic building that had seen India gain independence on 15 August 1947, the making of our Constitution and the development and strengthening of the country’s democratic institutions.”
He said, “I felt quite overwhelmed standing in front of the majestic statue of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. This Parliament House gave me the opportunity to learn the intricacies of parliamentary procedures from eminent leaders of various political parties of the country.
Patel said, “With the aim of meeting the changing times and the needs of our emerging democracy, Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji laid the foundation of the new Parliament House. I am very excited about the new modern campus with all the facilities in harmony with nature. I am extremely excited to start working for the welfare of our countrymen from the new campus and be a part of making history.”
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Poonam Mahajan shared her views poetically and said, “To make the Vraj of Antim Jai, melt the bones of the newlyweds.” Come let’s light the lamp again.”
Mahua Moitra of Trinamool Congress said that this building will always have a special place in her heart.
She said, “This building is the House where I went for the first time as an MP. But it became home. Like anyone’s first home, this building will always have a special place in my heart. This great building has embraced both the ruling party and the opposition. And helped us find our own little corner within its protective shield.”
“The building may change but its symbolism – a free space for freely elected representatives of a free country – is the responsibility of all of us to keep intact,” he said.
Union Minister and BJP MP Smriti Irani said in her note, “Best wishes.”
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule said in her note, “I am grateful to the people of Maharashtra and Baramati for providing me the opportunity to be a part of the world’s largest democracy and participate in the sessions held in that beautiful old Parliament building.” which reflects the voices of leaders who have contributed to the development of our beautiful country.
Congress MP Ramya Haridas recalled the significance of the old building and described it as the “palace of democracy” and the “birth place of strong decisions”.
He mentioned its historical importance and evergreen memories.
Navneet Rana, independent MP from Amravati, said, “The first time I entered Parliament is a memorable moment for me. Who knows where you, I, this generation of Parliament will be in the future. I have learned many things in the last ten years in Parliament. There are wonderful memories associated with this Parliament.
He said that especially the Central Hall lobby, the separate office of the Minister and other things are magnificent. It is true that this is the real temple of democracy.
Rajya Sabha member and great runner PT Usha shared his unique memories of the old Parliament House.
He said in his ‘note’, “I visited this beautiful Parliament building for the first time as a spectator after winning the gold medal in Seoul in 1986. I still remember that time when all the honorable MPs congratulated me and congratulated me. Even after that I went two or three times for some special purpose. But July 27, 2022 was a very special day for me.
He said, “For the first time in my life, when I stepped into the Rajya Sabha, I bowed to the stairs and chanted Hari Om. I saw that all the respected members of this distinguished House came to congratulate me and wish me well. He was very supportive in teaching me, session after session, how to behave like a good MP. He always shows his love and affection towards me and asks me about my family, achievements etc.
Usha said, “I am really proud that such experienced honorable members stood by me. I can also try to present different issues related to different fields, especially regarding players from our motherland. It is truly an honor for me that this temple of democracy remains forever in the heart of every one of our citizens. I bow my head before this holy house.
The five-day session of Parliament will begin from Monday. Before the start of the new session, there is a strong discussion about whether the government will present some surprising things during this period. In the session, the 75 years of Parliament’s journey will be discussed and Parliament will be shifted to the new building.
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