The joint sitting is a part of the year-long celebrations planned by the government for the 70th anniversary. Photo: Mint
The joint sitting is a part of the year-long celebrations planned by the government for the 70th anniversary. Photo: Mint

Parliament to hold joint sitting to mark 70th Constitution Day

  • President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will address members of both the Parliament
  • Opposition parties including the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party are likely to boycott the sitting to protest the political turmoil in Maharashtra

NEW DELHI : To mark the 70th year of the adoption of the Indian Constitution, Parliament will hold a joint sitting of both the Houses to commemorate the day in the central hall on Tuesday. President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will address members of both the Parliament.

However, opposition parties including the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party are likely to boycott the sitting to protest the political turmoil in Maharashtra.

Speaking about the Constitution Day or Samvidhan Diwas, Prime Minister Modi during his monthly radio address on Sunday had said “This year it is even more special as we are completing 70 years of the adoption of the constitution. This occasion will be marked by a special programme in Parliament followed by many other events organised across the country throughout the year. Let us pay our respects and gratitude to all the members of the constituent assembly. Our constitution guards the rights and dignity of every citizen which has been ensured owing to the farsightedness of the architects of our constitution."

Modi said the day reinforces “our obligation towards upholding the constitutional ideals and values thus contributing to nation building" which “was the dream of the makers of our constitution".

The joint sitting is a part of the year-long celebrations planned by the government for the 70th anniversary which include mass readings of the Preamble, a digital photo exhibition, seminars and talks to recount the contribution made by India’s founding fathers.

The Constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly of India on November 26, 1949, and became country's fundamental governing document, effective January 26, 1950.

PTI contributed to this story.

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