New Delhi: Going down memory lane, 10 women parliamentarians got nostalgic and shared their memories, messages and experiences of the old Parliament building in handwritten notes as they prepared to bid farewell to the structure ahead of a move into the new complex during the upcoming session.
The MPs representing various political parties offered heartfelt tributes to the building that has been the epicentre of India’s democratic journey.
Priyanka Chaturvedi of the Shiv Sena (UBT): “Memories. Learnings. Policy Making. Friendships. History and the sheer beauty of this architectural marvel that has seen intense debates and disruptions. Stalwarts and history makers all work in its precincts. Parliament that has shaped 75 years of our journey as a confident nation. Proud to be a part of this journey and hoping the essence of this parliament continues in the new building.”
Anupriya Patel Union Minister and Apna Dal (S) MP: “I could feel deep within that I am entering a historic building, which saw India gaining its Independence on 15 August, 1947, the framing of our Constitution and the evolution and strengthening of our country’s democratic institutions.”
Poonam Mahajan BJP MP: “This great Hall embraced us all, both treasury and opposition. And helped us find our own little corners in its cocoon. The building may change but its symbolism — a free space for freely elected representatives of a free country — is what is incumbent upon us all to preserve intact.”
Smriti Irani Union Minister and BJP MP Smriti Irani: Shared her “Best Wishes!” in her note.
Supriya Sule Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP: “Blessed and gratitude to the people of Maharashtra and Baramati for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the largest democracy in the world and attending sessions in the old beautiful Parliament building — echoes the voices of the leaders who contributed to the development of our beautiful country.”
Ramya Haridas Congress MP: She called it the “palace of democracy” and the “birthplace of strong decisions”.
Navneet Rana Independent MP from Amravati: “First time when I was entering Parliament was a great memory for me. This Parliament gave me an opportunity to learn a lot of things. It’s a real temple of democracy.”
PT Usha Rajya Sabha MP and legenday sprinter: “First time I visited this elegant Parliament House in the year 1986 after my rich gold medal haul at Seoul as a spectator. That time still remember that all the Honourable MPs congratulating me and gave best wishes. After that too I visited two or three times with some special purpose. But on 20th July, 2022, was a very special day for me. First time in my life I stepped into the Rajya Sabha with my right leg, touched the step with my right hand and chanted ‘Hari Om’ in my lips (sic).”