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Title:India's Constitution a ray of hope, debate soul of Parliament: PM Narendra Modi

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NEW DELHI: On the occasion of India's first Constitution Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the document is a ray of hope for the country.

"Our Constitution is a ray of hope: H for harmony, O for opportunity, P for people's participation and E for equality," Modi told reporters outside Parliament, which is holding a special two-day session to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Dr B R Ambedkar, the architect of India's Constitution.

In a series of tweets this morning, Modi greeted India on Constitution Day and saluted Dr Ambedkar for his stellar contribution. The constitution was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on this day in 1949 and came into force on January 26, 1950, which became the country's Republic Day.

The month-long winter session of Parliament begins on Thursday. It is expected to be stormy with the opposition planning to corner the government on 'intolerance' and other issues.

PM Modi again appealed to all political parties to meet in Parliament in the spirit of "vaad, vivaad and samvaad (dialogue, debate, and discussion)", calling the three actions the soul of Parliament. "I am confident that all the MPs will leave no stone unturned to match the expectations of people of nation," he said.

The government has said it will allow a debate on intolerance, in which Modi himself is likely to make a statement. Actor Aamir Khan's comment that his wife Kiran Rao had suggested leaving India has re-ignited the fierce debate on intolerance, with the government accusing the opposition Congress of orchestrating the controversy.

The winter session of Parliament will end on December 23.

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