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'World Will Soon Say India is Mother of Democracy': Top 10 PM Modi Quotes at Parliament Event

PM Narendra Modi at foundation stone laying ceremony of new Parliament building.

PM Narendra Modi at foundation stone laying ceremony of new Parliament building.

PM Modi performed rituals around a holy pyre along with six priests from the Sringeri Mutt in Karnataka beneath a flower-decked marquee.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament building as part of an ambitious Central Vista plan in the national capital. The event was attended by around 200 dignitaries including leaders from various political parties, cabinet ministers, union ministers, ambassadors of different countries, and Ratan Tata, whose Tata Projects has the contract for the new parliament building.

PM Modi performed rituals around a holy pyre along with six priests from the Sringeri Mutt in Karnataka beneath a flower-decked marquee. The new parliament building is the centerpiece of the Rs 20,000-crore Central Vista project to refurbish government buildings. Here are the top quotes from PM Narendra Modi’s address:

- “Today is a historic day, it marks a milestone in India's democracy. We will build this new parliament together.”

- “The new parliament is an amalgamation of the old and new. The old Parliament building gave a new direction to India after independence.”

- “I can never forget the moment in my life when I had the opportunity to come to Parliament House for the first

time in 2014 as an MP. Then before stepping into this temple of democracy, I had bowed my head and saluted this

temple of democracy.”

- “Democracy is a way of life in India. The laws made in the building, the deliberations made here are all building

blocks of our democracy.”

- “It won't be long before the world would say that India is the Mother of Democracy.”

- “Across many countries, voter turnout is decreasing, but in India, we are witnessing a rise. Women and youth are

the primary reason for this rise.”

- “For the development of our country, we need to develop states and for strengthening our country we need to

strengthen our states.”

- “India First should be our new cause, the last century has taught us many lessons, and the biggest being that we

should not miss out on opportunities.”

- "In 25 years we will be celebrating India 100th Independence Day. Today we need to decide what will India be by

then."

- "Our every decision should be made with the idea of nation first. Aatmanirbhar Bharat is the way forward."

first published:December 10, 2020, 14:56 IST