The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind attended the farewell function in the Central Hall of Parliament today.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said that he remains eternally grateful to the people of India for giving him an opportunity to serve the country as President.
What the Almighty had wanted him to accomplish could not have been accomplished without the support from all the elected representatives.
He said that during his term, he had frequently interacted with them on various platforms and he had also met numerous delegations of parliamentarians and of people from other domains.
During this period, he also got the opportunity of working with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and members of his Council of Ministers. He thanked all of them for the special regard they have given him.
He also thanked Vice-President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu and Speaker Lok Sabha Shri Om Birla for the way they have conducted proceedings of Parliament and continued its great traditions.
The President said that Article 79 of our Constitution provides for a Parliament consisting of the President and the two houses.
In keeping with this constitutional provision and adding his sentiment to it, he looks at the President as an integral part of the Parliamentary family.
As with any family, there are bound to be differences within this Parliamentary family too; there would be diverging views about how to proceed further. But we remain a family, and the interest of the nation remains our top priority.
Political processes operate through the mechanism of party organisations, but the parties must rise above a partisan approach and consider what is good, what is essential for the common man and woman, with the spirit of ‘nation first’…
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