During his traditional comments before the start of the monsoon parliament session, PM Modi delivered a strong message on the dispute with China along the LAC. “We hope parliament and all members will unitedly send the message that the nation stands with our soldiers,” PM Modi said.
A parliamentary session in the time of COVID-19, however, calls for more than just the application of rules, because so much has happened in the last six months.
The PM asked the people of the country to stand in solidarity with our brave hearts fighting for the pride of India. “Our soldiers are standing firm at the borders with a lot of courage, passion, and strong resolve to protect their motherland. They are standing on difficult heights and in a few days, will weather snow. In the same manner, I am confident parliament will send a message, in one voice that it stands firmly behind soldiers guarding our borders,” said the Prime Minister.
Holding parliament session a challenge during pandemic
This is for the first time the parliament session is being held under the grip of a pandemic as the nation is swayed by an overwhelming swell of COVID-19 cases. There will be a host of many firsts during this session. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will sit on alternate days so that members can maintain physical distancing by being spread over both chambers. Even the visitor galleries will be occupied by the MPs.
Apart from the China issue, PM Modi also spoke about the virus pandemic. He asked the people to apply caution until a vaccine sees the light of the day. “We cannot drop our guards and must follow virus protocol,” he said. “This parliament session being held under special circumstances. There is corona and there is a duty. MPs have chosen the path of doing their duty in COVID times,” he said.