Foundation laying Ceremony of the New Assembly Building of Chhattisgarh

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Foundation laying Ceremony of the New Assembly Building of Chhattisgarh

Foundation laying Ceremony of the New Assembly Building of Chhattisgarh

Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi addressed the foundation laying ceremony of new Assembly building of Chhattisgarh via video conferencing, 29thAugust, 2020

Smt. Sonia Gandhi Ji said, “Dr. Charan Das Mahant Ji, Bhupesh Baghel Ji, P.L. Punia Ji, T.S. Singh Deo Ji, Tamradhwaj Sahu Ji, Mohan Markam Ji, all the MLAs, guests, dear brothers and sisters of Chhattisgarh, today the foundation laying ceremony of the new assembly building of Chhattisgarh is being observed. I firstly want to congratulate the in-charge of Chhattisgarh and the people of Chhattisgarh for this.

It has been 20 years since the inception of the Chhattisgarh assembly, but a new building of the assembly will be built now. The legislature is the biggest pillar of our democracy, the most important pillar, Parliament and legislatures are the sacred temples of our democracy. It is in these temples that our constitution is protected, but it is to be remembered that our constitution will be protected through emotions, not buildings. The entry of corrupt and wrong feelings in these buildings will have to be stopped, only then will our constitution survive.

We have covered a great distance in the last 7 decades. We have successfully faced many challenges and got rid of many big problems, but we are still far from the dreams of our ancestors. There is still much work to be done to fulfill the pledge that we made during the freedom struggle.

For quite some time, efforts are being made to derail our country. Our democracy faces new challenges. Today, the country stands at a crossroad - the anti-poor, anti-national forces ruling the people by setting them against each other, are poisoning the country through hate and violence. Wrong thinking is becoming dominant over good thinking. Freedom of expression is in danger. Democratic institutions are being dismantled and the influence of dictatorship on democracy is increasing. What do they want - they want - the people of India, the youth of India, our tribal, our women, our farmers, shopkeepers and small traders, our soldiers, all of them to keep their mouths shut. They want to keep the country silent.

After two years, our independence will complete 75 years. All our ancestors, including the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi, the creator of modern India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Constituent Assembly President GV Mavalankar and the creator of the Constitution Baba Saheb Ambedkar, would not have imagined that after 75 years of independence we would face such a difficult period, when our democracy and the Constitution itself will be in danger. Today is an important day for us, when we are laying the foundation of a new assembly building and this is the very day when we take an oath to preserve the foundation of our democracy. We take an oath today that as long as we have power in our hands, we will take decisions keeping in mind even the last person standing in the queue.

I feel contended to say that the decisions of the Government of Chhattisgarh under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, are trying to take full care even of the last of persons. After a long period of 15 years, the Congress government has been formed in Chhattisgarh. All our comrades were martyred. Whatever happened in Chhattisgarh in past few years exemplifies that a directionless and a thoughtless government can never think of public interest. Chhattisgarh is a resource-rich state, but misrule has transformed this state into the poorest and most backward state in the country.

I am happy that our government has started working in the right direction. Whether it is the debt waiver of farmers, the return of the land of the tribal of Bastar, or completion of the journey of the scheme up to Rajiv Gandhi Kisan Nyaya Yojana and Godhan Nyaya Yojana, is a commendable step. From the campaign against malnutrition, there have been plans to provide treatment and medicine in the Haatbazaar. The workers of Tendupatta are getting paid properly for their hard work. It is heartening that Bhupesh Baghelji, along with his colleagues in Chhattisgarh, is winning the hearts of people with an inclusive approach. Also, this is the duty of governments. With these words, I convey my best wishes to all of you on the occasion of the foundation laying ceremony of the new assembly building in Chhattisgarh. Jai Hind!