While it took 144 years for the US and 100 years for the UK to confer voting rights on women and the working class, we had the courage of conviction that each and every Indian should have the right to vote and be able to shape our shared destiny: Venkaiah Naidu – Vice President

VP Secretariat:

The Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu addressed the programme to mark Constitution Day in the Central Hall of Parliament today.

Our Constitution, in essence, is a statement of values, ideas and ideals seeking to ensure justice, liberty and equality for all in the true spirit of fraternity and is a guide to peaceful & democratic transformation enabling the people to fulfil their aspirations.

It has been our firm belief that people are at the centre of our development architecture. They are the agents of the transformation of our country. Their empowerment is the goal of all our efforts. Their aspirations steer our policies. Their strengths drive our growth.

While it took 144 years for the US and 100 years for the UK to confer voting rights on women and the working class, we had the courage of conviction that each and every Indian should have the right to vote and be able to shape our shared destiny.

Parliament is the sacred place where people’s voices are articulated and heard, where their hopes and fears are debated, where laws that protect them, foster their growth and enable fast-tracked national development are formulated.

We must constantly review our performance critically and honestly reflect as to whether our policies and programmes are in consonance with the Constitutional values or not.

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