Elevating partisan politics in the national interest and deciding what is necessary for the welfare of the people, President Ram Nath Kovind urged political parties in his farewell speech on Saturday.
Calling parliament “the temple of democracy,” President Kovind called on parties to use Gandhian philosophy in internal debates.
He said: “Members should always adhere to Gandhian philosophy while exercising the right to debate and dissent in Parliament.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Speaker Lok Sabha Om Birla participated in a ceremony in the Central Hall of the National Assembly to bid farewell to President Kovind.
President-elect Droupadi Murmu, a tribal woman, will be sworn in as India’s 15th President on Monday.
“I sincerely congratulate Droupadi Murmu on being elected as the next President, the country will benefit from her guidance,” outgoing President Kovind said.