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New Delhi : President of India Ram NathKovind graced the ‘Vajramahothsava’ – Diamond Jubilee Celebrations of completion of 60 years of Vidhana Soudha and addressed the members of both Houses of the Karnataka Legislature at Bengaluru on October 25, 2017.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that it is not just the 60th birthday of this building (Vidhana Soudha) that we are marking. This is also the diamond jubilee of the debates and discussions in the two Houses of legislations that have been passed and policies that have been shaped for the betterment of the lives of the people of Karnataka. The two Houses also represent the ideals and optimism and the energy and dynamism of the Kannadiga people. This building is a monument to the history of public service in Karnataka, the President said.

The President said that Karnataka’s dreams are not for Karnataka alone, they are dreams for all of India. Karnataka is an engine of the Indian economy. It is a mini-India that draws – without losing its cultural and linguistic distinctiveness – youth from all over the country. They come here for knowledge and for jobs and they give their labour and intellect. Everybody gains, President Kovind said, according to a PIB release.

The President said that legislators are both public servants as well as nation builders. Indeed, anybody who performs his or her duties with honesty and dedication is a nation builder. The President said that we are aware of the three D’s of the legislature,that it is a place to debate, dissent and finally decide. And if we add the fourth D, decency, then the fifth D, namely democracy, becomes a reality, he said adding the legislature is an embodiment of the will, aspirations and hopes of the people of Karnataka, irrespective of political belief, caste and religion, gender or language.

The President said that it is for the Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council to function as sacred temples of democracy, and contribute to raising the level of political and policy discourse, according to the PIB release. As representatives of the people of Karnataka, the members of the two Houses here have a special responsibility.

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