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The Old Parliament building which was earlier known as the Sansad Bhawan, was the home to the Parliament of India from 26th January 1950 to 27 May 2023. The inauguration of the New Parliament building indicated that the old building would no longer be used as the center for Parliamentary sessions of the upper and the lower houses. The Prime Minister called up a special session to point out various agendas, and also give a speech in the old Parliament.
In his final statement from the old structure on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the Old Parliament will henceforth be named the “Samvidhan Bhawan,” which means the “Constitution House.” He led all the MPs to the new parliament building, which will now be the location of the formal Indian parliament. The PM then requested the speakers of both houses to lead the way toward the new building and stated, “On the auspicious occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, we are leaving the Old building and heading our way towards the new one.”
“I am making an appeal to you, and I hope you’ll think about it after some thought. The stature of this house should never wane now that we are moving there (to the new parliament building). It should not only be referred to as the “old parliament.” If both of you agree, I ask that this structure be referred to as “Samvidhan Sadan” so that it will forever be an example for us. When we refer to it as “Samvidhan Sadan,” the great individuals who once sat in this chamber of the Constituent Assembly come to mind. We shouldn’t miss this chance to provide this gift to future generations.” Prime Minister Modi stated.
Yesterday, PM Modi spoke in Lok Sabha, paying tribute to “every brick” of the old structure and stating that the MPs will join the new structure with “new hope and confidence.”
According to official sources, the structure won’t be torn down but rather “retrofitted” to include additional useful rooms for legislative gatherings. A portion of the original structure, according to some accounts, might be turned into a museum.