Written by Sourav Roy Barman | New Delhi | Updated: December 10, 2020 9:04:59 pm

Amid standoff with farmers, PM Modi invokes Nanak to underline importance of dialoguePrime Minister speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of new Parliament building Thursday. (Source: Twitter/@BJP4India)

If the old Parliament House gave direction to India post-independence, the new building would be a witness to the creation of a self-reliant India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday. The PM made the remarks during his address at the ground-breaking and foundation stone laying ceremony of the new Parliament building, which is projected to come up by 2022 at a cost of Rs 971 crore.

Describing the laying of foundation stone of the new Parliament building as a “milestone in India’s democratic history”, PM Modi said it would “will exemplify the existence of the new and the old”. “If work was done to fulfill the needs of the country in the old Parliament building, then the aspirations of 21st century India will be fulfilled in the new building,” he said.

Amid the continuing standoff between farmers and the Centre over the contentious farm laws, Prime Minister on Thursday invoked the teachings of Guru Nanak, asserting that “dialogue must go on”.

“Apart from governance, democracy has always been a medium to resolve differences of opinion. Differences strengthen a democracy. While there should be space for differences, there should not be any disconnect,” Modi said.

Amid standoff with farmers, PM Modi invokes Nanak to underline importance of dialogue Prime Minister lays the foundation of the New Parliament Building in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

Citing the teachings of Nanak, the founder of Sikhism, the PM said, “Guru Nanak had said, jabtak sansar rage, tabtak sambad rahe (so long as the world exists, dialogue must go on). Speaking and listening is at the heart of dialogue. This is the soul of democracy. There can be differences in policies and politics but there should not be any differences in the end goal of serving people.”

Amid standoff with farmers, PM Modi invokes Nanak to underline importance of dialogue The PM said that the new building “will exemplify the existence of the new and the old”. (ANI photo)

His comments came a day after farmer unions rejected the draft proposal of the government on addressing objections raised by them on the newly promulgated ordinances.

Amid standoff with farmers, PM Modi invokes Nanak to underline importance of dialogue (Source: ANI)

Earlier in the day, Modi performed bhumi pujan (ground breaking ceremony) for the new Parliament building in the presence of six priests chanting Sanskrit shlokas. The ritual was followed by a sarva dharma (inter-faith) prayer meeting.

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