Report By Samaah Saleem| Mount Carmel College Student Bengaluru | Last Updated at Nov 26 2019
NEW DELHI: The Constitution Day was celebrated across the country to mark the adoption of the Indian Constitution by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949. This day is also known as Samvidhan diwas.
The Constitution Day was first celebrated in 2015 as a mark of tribute to Bhim Rao Ambedkar, India’s first law minister, who played a pivotal role in drafting the Constitution. November 26 was the day when India had adopted its Constitution back in 1949. It came into effect a year later on 26 January, 1950.
The two Leaders, PM Modi and President Ram Nath Kovind, were slated to address a joint session of Parliament today. Besides this, the BJP also organised a 10-day long programme on the occasion.
The President inaugurated a digital exhibition through video conferencing from the Central Hall of Parliament. With the joint sitting at 11am, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met at 2pm. PM Modi, in his address to the nation during the 56th edition of the programme ‘Mann Ki Baat’, had described November 26 as a ‘special day for the whole country’ and expressed hope that Constitution Day would reinforce the nation’s obligation towards upholding the constitutional ideals and values.
However, the opposition parties held a protest before the Ambedkar Statue in Parliament today after they boycotted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Constitution Day speech. Congress President Sonia Gandhi led this protest with former party president Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh. These Opposition parties are protesting about the recent developments in Maharashtra where a BJP-led administration was sworn in on Saturday even when a prospective alliance of opposition parties had chosen a chief minister and seemed poised to claim the right to form a government.