Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the nation on its 73rd Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort. PM Modi said that now there is one nation and one Constitution, while adding that this spirit has become a reality. “One Nation, one Constitution – this spirit has become a reality and India is proud of that,” PM Modi said. In his speech, PM Modi added, “Today, India is talking about one nation, one election.”
PM Modi made several major announcements in his 93-minute long speech along with emphasizing on the achievements of NDA II government. With an aim to strengthen the coordination among the security forces, a Chief of Defence staff would be appointed to lead the Indian Army, Navy and Air Force, noted the prime minister. He noted the decision was taken in a bid to make the forces more effective. PM Modi also congratulated the nation on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan.
PM Modi said that several path-breaking decisions have been taken by the new government in just ten weeks, including decisions for Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, the end of Triple Talaq, and steps for the welfare of farmers and traders. The old arrangement In Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh encouraged corruption and nepotism, the prime minister said on the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. He said the women, children, Dalits and tribal communities were facing injustice for decades.