In his speech the Prime Minister spoke about his stance on ‘One Nation, One Election’ policy. He feels that is the need of India as polls taking place every few months impact development works.
Pitching strongly in favor for ‘One Nation, One Election’, Prime Minister Modi said it is not just a matter of debate, this is the need of India.
“Elections are held at different places every few months, the impact it has on development works is known to all. Therefore, it is a must to have deep study and deliberation on ‘One Nation, One Election’,” Mr. Modi said.
“We must remember that when politics take over people and nation-first policies, the nation has to pay adversely in such situations,” he said.
He also cited the example of delay in the completion of the Sardar Sarovar Dam, saying it kept lingering and was completed after years.
“This could have happened earlier if development was given precedence. Those who stalled it, have no repentance,” he said in a clear attack on the Congress.
He also stated that there is no place for politics of untouchability, Mr. Modi then cited the example of the Statue of Unity built by his government for Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel despite him not being from the BJP or the Jana Sangh.
“Constitution is our guiding light to take on challenges in the 21st century and national interest should be our basis for every decision,” Mr. Modi said
He called for raising awareness about the Constitution.
“Our Constitution has many features but one very special feature is the importance given to duties. Mahatma Gandhi was very keen about this. He saw a close link between rights and duties. He felt that once we perform our duties, rights will automatically be safeguarded,” Mr. Modi said.
Prime Minister Modi in his address also spoke about the terror attacks of 26/11 that shook the entire nation.
It was on this day in 2008 that 10 terrorists entered Mumbai by water and open fired. They killed 166 people which included 18 security personnel and injured huge amounts of people in the 60 hour siege.
The All India Presiding Officers Conference began in 1921, and the Gujarat event marks its centenary year.
The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Harmonious Coordination between Legislature, Executive and Judiciary- Key to a Vibrant Democracy’.