Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today said: “The Constitution is the binding glue which holds the nation together”.
“It is the bounden duty of each of us as also the citizens of India to uphold the Constitution to take forward the progress of India based on constitutional and republican values,” Patnaik told MLAs on the occasion of Constitution Day celebrations at the premises of the Odisha Assembly here today.
The Chief Minister described the operation of the Constitution for seven decades in India as a tribute to the Indian genius in sustaining parliamentary democracy and registering impressive social, economic, the educational, scientific advancement of the nation without trampling upon the civil and fundamental rights of people.
Patnaik stated that the celebration of Constitution Day is a celebration of the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity and secularism which are enshrined in the Constitution for ensuring good governance and comprehensive cultivation of what Dr B R ambedkar described as “constitutional morality” so that people of India not only enjoy political democracy but also social and economic democracy.
“It is for this very reason that on the occasion of the celebrations of 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi I suggested that the uniquely Indian ideal of Ahimsa should be incorporated in the Preamble to the Constitution to pay tribute to the father of our nation and to ensure peaceful transformation of society,” the Chief Minister pointed out.
Patnaik while paying tribute to the framers of the Constitution recalled the seminal contributions of the Constituent Assembly members from Odisha Bichitrananda Das, Sarangadhar Das, Lal Mohan Pati, Yudhisthira Mishra, Malati Choudhury, N Madhaba Rao, Krushna Chandra Gajapati Narayan Deo, Harekrushna Mahatab, Laxminarayan Sahu, Lokanath Mishra, Nandakishore Das, Santanu Kumar Das, and Raja Krushna Bose.
Lastly, the Chief Minister called upon the members of the State Assembly to uphold the Constitution.
“Once again let us renew our pledge to uphold the constitution in letter and spirit for further deepening the roots of our democracy,” Patnaik said.