Rajya Sabha MP asks PM Modi to declare November 26 as Citizens Day

New Delhi(PTI): Rajya Sabha MP AV Swamy has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declare November 26 as Citizens Day or National Pledge Day and on that day the student community across the country should give a written commitment in their mother tongue to shun violence.

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“It would be a great day in the history of this country if 30 crore students give a written commitment in their mother tongue to shun violence in any form in a piece of paper with signatures of their parents,” Swamy said. Swamy, in a letter to the Prime Minister asked him to declare November 26 as the Citizens Day or National Pledge Day.

“For the last three years I had been writing to the Prime Minister and HRD Minister for declaring November 26 as the Citizens Day or National Pledge Day as this is the most significant day in the history of this country but most people do not realise it,” he added.

PM had announced last month that November 26 would be observed as the Constitution Day from this year onwards to make students aware of the relevance of the constitution, preamble and B R Ambedkar.

“I feel involvement of school students in the programme across the country would be more meaningful,” Swamy, advisor to the the Build India Group said, adding that methods as followed the Group would be “very appropriate”. Build India Group, a Delhi based civil society body has been been circulating a pledge in drafted 15 languages in various educational institutions in the country for the last eight years.

The pledge reads as “we reject violence in any form. We shall keep our environment clean and tidy. We promise to be good citizens and, therefore, we are taking this solemn pledge”.