Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Chennai to take part in the 56th Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He addresses the media at Chennai International Airport.

Speaking on the occasion, the PM said that this is my first visit to Chennai after the General Elections of 2019. I have come to attend the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of IIT Madras, but I am highly indebted to all of you for coming in such large numbers to welcome me.

When I spoke in Tamil to the Indian Community in America during my recent visit and told that Tamil is the oldest language in the World it was widely reported in all the media in the USA, he added.

He said that during my visit to the USA, I realised that the World is looking up to India with great expectations and that the expectation is increasing by the day. Now it is our responsibility to not only make India a great nation but also to see to it that it meets the expectations of the World community.

Shri Modi said that this cannot merely be done by the Union Government it can happen only through the 130 Crore Indians. It can happen only with effort of every Indian in every nook and corner of the country, either rich or poor, either rural or urban, young or old.

He said that we have achieved many a success through Public Participation and in the same way we should rid the country of the Single Use Plastic. Some people by mistake are misinterpreting that I wanted India to be rid of Plastic, I did not say so, What I said was that I want the country should be rid of Single Use Plastic. This plastic can be used only once and it creates a lot of problems later.

On 2nd October, the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi we shall take up a Padyatra, and shall spread the ideals of Gandhi through these padyatras, he added.

He said, “I once again thank you for coming in such large numbers to welcome me”.

He will also address the Singapore India Hackathon 2019 at the IIT-M Research Park and will visit the startups at the pavilion there. He will deliver the Convocation address at the institutes’s Students Activity Centre.

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Prime Minister says Government open to discuss all issues in Parliament
November 18, 2019

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi described the current session of Parliament as a very important one as it would be the Rajya Sabha’s 250th Session and also the 70th Year of the Indian Constitution.

Prime Minister was addressing the Media before the commencement of the Winter Session of Parliament today. He praised the Rajya Sabha for playing a major role in putting India on the track of progress.

“Friends, this is the last session of Parliament for 2019 and also an important session as it is the 250th Session of the Rajya Sabha, which played a pivotal role in the development and progress of India” On 26th of November India would be observing its 70th Constitution Day. The Indian Constitution was adopted on the 26th of November 1949 marking the completion of 70 years this year.

Prime Minister said the Constitution as the great doctrine that upheld the Unity, Integrity and Diversity of India.

“On the 26th of November we are celebrating the 70th Constitution Day completing 70 years since the its adoption. This constitution upholds the country’s Unity, the country’s Integrity, India’s diversity. It encompasses in itself the beauty of India. And it is the driving force of the country. This session of Parliament should become a source of awareness to the public about the 70 years of our constitution”

Prime Minister appealed to all the MPs to actively and positively participate in various discussions as was the previous session, in order to help the country get the best out of their discussions, so that it can be used for the progress and welfare of the country. “Last few days we had the opportunity to meet the various leaders of almost all parties. This session, like the previous one which met immediately after the formation of the new government, should also involve the active and positive participation of all the MPs. The last session saw unprecedented achievements. I have to publicly acknowledge with pride that these achievements belong to neither the Government nor the treasury benches but to that of the whole Parliament; all the members are the rightful owners of these achievements.

I once again express my gratitude to all the MPs for their active participation and hope that this session also would with renewed vigour work for the progress of the country. We want a discussion on all issues and it is necessary we have great debates either for or against and use the best solutions that come out of it for the betterment and welfare of the country.

I wish all the Members their very best.”