President Pranab Mukherjee greets nation on Republic Day eve

Photo of President of Indian Pranab Mukherjee.

New Delhi: In his Republic Day eve address to the Nation, the President of India Pranab Mukherjee today greeted people of the nation ahead of the 68th Republic Day celebrations.

Mukherjee today batted strongly for simultaneous elections to Parliament and Assemblies and backed the demonetisation drive, two issues on which the Government has focused its attention.

He asked the Election Commission to carry forward the idea of simultaneous polls in consultation with political parties.

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The President also asserted that the country’s strength lies in is pluralism and diversity and that India has traditionally celebrated the argumentative” Indian; not the “intolerant” Indian.

He said, “Multiple views, thoughts and philosophies have competed with each other peacefully for centuries in our country. A wise and discerning mind is necessary for democracy to flourish.”

Mukherjee underlined that strengths of India democracy but cautioned against disruptions in Parliament and State Assemblies.

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He said, “We have a noisy democracy. Yet, we need more and not less of democracy.”

But, he said, it is right time to acknowledge that systems are not perfect and those imperfections have to be recognised and rectified.

The President said the depth and breadth of Indian democracy sparkles in the regular elections being held in panchayati raj institutions.

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