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India heading towards ‘crisis’ in the form of family-based parties: PM Modi on Constitution Day

India heading towards 'crisis' in the form of family-based parties: PM Modi on Constitution Day

“Look at dynastic political parties from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, this is against the democratic spirit,” Prime Minister Narendra. Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his address in Parliament on the occasion of “Constitution Day” said that the day was for paying homage to the House, but that India was heading to a “crisis” in the form of family-based parties, in an obvious dig at the opposition, many of whom had boycotted the event.

The event was addressed by President Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla apart from Prime Minister Modi.

Prime Minister Modi in his address paid tributes to Constitution framer B.R. Ambedkar and also paid homage on the 13th anniversary of the 26th November terror attacks in Mumbai. While speaking on the constitution, he said it was “not just a collection of many, our constitution is a great tradition of millenia. This is a modern expression of that unbroken stream.”

“India is heading towards a kind of crisis, which is a matter of concern for those who believe in democracy,” he said in reference to family-based political parties. “More than one person from a family joining the party on the basis of merit does not make the party dynastic. Problems arise when a party is run by the same family, generation after generation,” he said. “How can parties that have lost their democratic character protect democracy,” he said.

Around 14 opposition parties including the Congress, DMK, Trimool Congress, CPI, CPI(M), Rashtriya Janata Dal, Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party and the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) stayed away from the function.

Paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Modi said that he had tried to prepare the country for the duties that come with winning freedom, even while fighting for the rights that are enjoined thus. “It would have been better if the duty had been emphasized after the country’s independence. In the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (75th anniversary of freedom), it is necessary for us to move forward on the path of duty so that our rights are protected,” he said.   

He concluded his speech by reiterating that the celebration of Constitution Day within the premises of Parliament was a programme for all Indians who lived under the Constitution and not related to any party or government.

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