New Delhi, January 29
Signalling the government’s resolve against repeal of farm laws, President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday backed the legislations, saying that these would open new avenues without dismantling the present set up.
In his Address to the joint session of Parliament at the start of the Budget session, the President lamented the Republic Day violence in Delhi and said the Constitution mandated citizens to honour the law just as it guaranteed their right to free expression.
“The recent acts of dishonouring the national flag and showing disrespect to the auspicious occasion of Republic Day are unfortunate,” said President Kovind, whose speech was boycotted by 20 Opposition parties On Covid, the President said it was a matter of pride that India was running the world’s largest vaccination drive. Without naming China, the President said when the country was grappling with Covid, attempts were made to challenge the country at the border. He, assured Parliament that Indian security forces successfully foiled all attempts to alter the status quo at the border. — TNS