Modi praises Nehru, says nation must be ruled as per constitution

New Delhi(Indilens Web Team): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said the Constitution framed by Dr. BR Ambedkar rejected theocracy and made it clear that the state would not discriminate people on the basis of religion.

Jaitley said the Constitution gives freedom to everyone to practice his or her own religion.

“Ambedkar’s Constitution rejected theocracy and ensured that state won’t discriminate on the basis of religion. The state will have no discriminatory attitude, but everyone will have right to propagate their religion. Dr. Ambedkar is not just seen as the creator of our Constitution, but also as a social reformer,” Jaitley said while addressing the Rajya Sabha on the second day of the Winter Session of Parliament.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh for tea this evening during which issues like GST may come up.

Modi invited the Congress leaders at his Race Course Road residence at 7 PM, said reports.

This assumes significance as the Government and the Congress are at loggerheads which is stalling the passage of crucial legislations like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill.

Govt willing to discuss all issues including so called intolerance,we’ve nothing to hide,ready to place everything before ppl: V Naidu in LS

18:02 PM
Consensus is more important than majority rule, says PM Modi

18:01 PM
Rule of law can be maintained only when we look after our responsibilities, says PM Modi

18:00 PM
If Ambedkar had not given rights to Dalits, then we would not have gone ahead as a nation, says PM Modi

17:56 PM
People tend to only care about their rights, not responsibilities, says PM Modi

17:51 PM
Consensus strengthens democracy, says PM Modi

17:50 PM
Executive, judiciary & legislature must be free to do their jobs. Constitution gives them powers but also limits their authority: PM Modi

17:48 PM
Watch the live speech here

17:46 PM
When there are social ills, great people like Babasaheb Ambedkar, rise bring change, says PM Modi

17:43 PM
All things are decided upon by taking the minority vote into consideration. We try to take everyone along, but when things get hard, the quetion of majority and minority outlook comes in.

17:35 PM
Though Ambedkar faced insults, difficulties, that did not reflect in Constitution: PM Modi

17:32 PM
Use constitutional methods for social and economic welfare of everyone is my objective: PM Modi

17:28 PM
If someone has to criticise government,or defend oneself or be neutral, all quote Babasaheb Ambedkar, says PM Modi

17:25 PM
Babasaheb Ambedkar is quoted by one and all to put his case forward. This shows how important his thoughts are.​

17:22 PM
For us who find it difficult to make a law, we salute the makers of the Constitution, who have deftly it, PM Modi said.

17:22 PM
We need to consistently educate people about the strengths and importance of the constitution

17:20 PM
We need to consistently educate people about the strengths and importance of the constitution

17:17 PM
PM Modi speaks highly of the Constitution, makers of the constitution.

17:16 PM
It is my conviction that all must get a chance to speak, says PM Modi

17:15 PM
Every govt, every PM, has taken the country forward through joint efforts of everyone, says PM Modi

17:11 PM
PM Modi begins talking in the Lok Sabha

12:45 PM
Intolerance grows from top and percolates down.That you talk about preamble of constitution and not talk about Pt Nehru’s contribution: Ghulam Nabi Azad

12:44 PM
Preamble starts with Pandit Nehru’s ‘objectives’ and you are not taking his name? This is what is called intolerance: Ghulam ​Nabi Azad

12:33 PM
Leader of the house talks of the constitution but doesn’t mention Pandit Nehru’s ‘objectives resolution’: Ghulam ​Nabi Azad

12:31 PM

12:31 PM
Jaitley tried to use Ambedkar’s words as a shield to make attacks in Parliament: Ghulam Nabi Azad

12:19 PM
Among our leaders who studied abroad, I think Baba Saheb Ambedkar was our most qualified, across political spectrum: Ghulam Nabi Azad,Congress

12:12 PM

12:10 PM
We have our differences but we want the GST to be passed, says Rahul Gandhi.

12:09 PM
A constitution and its provisions were used to subvert democracy during the Third Reich in Germany: Arun Jaitley

You imposed emergency,y ou detained the opposition, you amended the constitution: Arun Jaitley in RS

11:59 AM
Who does Arun Jaitley mean by “those who want to destroy the sovereignty of India”? He should clarify, asks Anand Sharma in RS

I meant acts of terrorism; I think it was clear, responds Arun Jaitley.

11:54 AM
We need to confront the challenge of terrorism, says Jaitley.

11:50 AM
No law can violate fundamental rights. After 65 yrs, are we ready to say all personal laws are compliant with Constitution?: Arun Jaitley

11:50 AM
Article 15 gave special rights to SC, ST and socially-educationally backward and we respect those rights: Arun Jaitley

We still have personal laws across all religions which violate fundamental rights: Arun Jaitley

11:49 AM
How can you just pick and choose articles, have others…45A, 46, been fulfilled: Sitaram Yechury to Arun Jaitley

11:39 AM
Article 25 said, every man has a right to practice and propagate their religion, what do we conclude from this? Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha

11:38 AM
Independence of judiciary is a part of the basic structure of the Constitution, says Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha

11:18 AM
Today someone comes up on the TV and makes a statement and it becomes an issue of “intolerance”: Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha

11:17 AM
Dr BR Ambedkar firmly believed in democracy. Democracies have got displaced in many countries since 1947 but not in India: Arun Jaitley

10:32 AM
PM Modi invites Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Former PM Manmohan Singh over tea on Friday evening after adjournment of House, reports ANI.

10:30 AM
Speaking about secularism issue, Naidu said, “Nobody is questioning secularism. Secularism is abused, that’s what has been said, what’s wrong in HM Rajnath Singh’s statement?. India is secular by nature. Secularism is very much there in our genes. Some people are unnecessarily trying to score brownie political points on the issue of Secularism.”

10:29 AM
In Lok Sabha, PM Modi will intervene and conclude debate on ‘Commitment to the Constitution’. In Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley ji will initiate the discussion which will also be carried on, on Monday, says Venkaiah Naidu.