The legislature of India is all set to move to a new Parliament building during a special Parliament session, the first occurrence since India gained independence. Before the change on Monday a discussion with the topic “Parliamentary Journey of 75 years starting from Samvidhan Sabha — Achievements, Experiences, Memories and Learnings” was held where members of both the Houses participated.

Speaker of the Lower House Om Birla pointed out how a “constructive discussion” happened in the historic chambers on the last day of the proceedings.

He stated how “The prime minister and leaders of all parties shared their views and experiences on the democratic journey of the country and on historic decisions and incidents. The time has come that the proceedings of the Lok Sabha are conducted in the new Parliament building.”

He further said “This is a historic and unforgettable moment for all of us. We are going to enter the new complex and the memories of this building will always stay with us.”

Along with the rest, 10 female parliamentarians also put down their own memories and messages to the old Parliament building.

The member of Parliament or MPs in handwritten notes recalled their first days in the old building and gave out tributes to the building that has been a big symbol of India’s democratic journey.

Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra

Mahua Moitra, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP recalled her initial days at the Parliament building and how special it became to her.

She wrote “This was the House I walked into as a first-time MP. But it became home. This building will always have a special place in my heart, as does anyone’s first home.

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.”

Rajya Sabha MP Priyanka Chaturvedi


MP Anupriya Patel

Union Minister and Apna Dal (S) MP Anupriya Patel wrote about her sentiments when taking her first steps into Sansad Bhavan “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.”

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MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal wrote “From an awed visitor in 2006 to a first-time MP in 2009, then a first-time minister in 2014, these 144 pillars in this temple of democracy hold a multitude of memories for me.

This beautiful building, embellished with the history + handiwork of thousands of Indian artists, sculptors and labourers has been a place of intense learning and immense satisfaction. Central Hall where warm friendships were forged, all memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.” 

MP Navneet Rana

Navnit Ravi Rana, an independent MP from Amravati seat stated how “First time when I was entering Parliament was the great memory for me where will we parliamentarian generation who you may be last tenure of this Parliament last of this parliament I learn a lot of things it was the fantastic memory with this Parliament specially Central Hall lobby e different different Minister office and other things fabulous and that’s true it’s real temple of democracy.”

Rajya Sabha MP P.T. Usha

Rajya Sabha MP and venerated athlete PT Usha wrote “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 2 or 3 times with some special purpose. But on 20th July 22 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.

Where I see and experience all the Honourable Members of this August house compete with time to congratulate me and wish all the best. During the sessions, all of them are very cooperative, teaching me how to behave like a good parliamentarian.

They always extend their love and affection towards me and ask me about myself, regarding family, achievements etc… I feel really proud that such experienced Honourable Members stood along with I too can try to present various issues pertaining to the people of all walks of life especially in regards with sports persons in our Motherland.

It’s a real honor to me that this temple of democracy may always stay in the hearts of every citizens. I bow my head before this August house. Regards, P.T.Usha”

MP Supriya Sule

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MP Supriya Sule in her handwritten note wrote “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.”

MP Ramya Haridas

Congress MP Ramya Haridas for her note wrote “The palace of democracy.. Birthplace of strong decisions… Blessed floors with footprints of great legends.. historical speeches.. Heating discussions.. Raising slogans.. Respected Leaders.. Dearest colleagues.. Everlasting memories.. Startling architecture of Edwin Lutyens.. Central Hall.. Corridors… Meeting Halls.. Friends at doors and hall.. Everlasting memories.. Never fades..”

MP Smriti Irani

Union Minister and BJP MP Smriti Irani just wrote “Best Wishes” in her note.

MP Poonam Mahajan

BJP MP of the Lok Sabha Poonam Mahajan used a Hindi poem to express her thoughts writing “Antim jay ka vajra banane, Nav Dadhichi haddiyan galaayein. Aao phir se diya jalaayein.”

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Sources: Hindustan Times, The Hindu, PTI

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