English rendering of the text of PM’s statement to Media outside Parliament ahead of the Monsoon Session of 2016

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi interacting with the media at the start of Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on July 18, 2016. The Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Ananth Kumar, the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (I/C), Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, the Minister of State for Minority Affairs (Independent Charge) and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and the Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri S.S. Ahluwalia are also seen.

Namaskar to everyone,

15th August, this year will be a major milestone to commemorate the 70th year of our independence. This session is significant as it begins just ahead of 15th August when we remember the great freedom fighters who laid down their lives for the country.

Our 70 year old journey will scale new heights in this session. For this purpose, we need to have high quality debates and take major decisions so that the nation moves ahead on a fast forward track. Hence all of us should join hands together in the parliament to give a new impetus and direction to country.

I believe that all the parties and the leaders over the past few days whether individually or collectively, have shared the sentiments that we are committed to take best of the decisions for the benefit of the country and to carry the nation forward on a fast track.

My Best wishes to all of you.

Thank you.