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By Vineet Dikshit

Come September 19th the new Parliament building gets set to transact regular legislative business as both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha formally moves to their new address.

To begin with the special session of the Parliament began in the old building where the day long proceedings were marked to pay tributes to the framers of the Constitution.

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his speech paid tributes to “every brick” of the old Parliament building and said the MPs will enter the new building with “new hope and confidence”.

In his over an hour-long speech in Lok Sabha the prime minister recalled historic moments of the India’s democracy and said the last day in this heritage building should be dedicated to the over 7,500 parliamentarians who served in this building since Independence.

Many MPs who took part in the day long proceedings in the existing building stated that Tuesday the 19th of September is Ganesh Chaturthi – an auspicious day to start work in the new Parliament

Stressing on the historical importance of the old Parliament Building, Modi recalled that while the construction of the old Parliament Building was given by foreign rulers, it was erected through the sweat, hard work and money of Indians.

“Today, we are taking leave from this historic building. Before Independence, this was the Imperial Legislative Council and after Independence, it became the Parliament building,” he added.

“We may go to the new building, but the old building will also inspire generations to come. This is an important chapter of India’s journey,” the Prime Minister Modi said.