With the continuous disruption of Parliamentary sessions and the stalling of important bills, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said it is a matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running.”People only talk about GST and Parliament, but there are several other measures for the poor that are pending in Parliament. It’s matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running,” said Modi at the Jagran forum in Delhi.”Democracy cannot function at the whims and fancies of anyone,” he added.Stating that he wants to make India’s development journey a ‘Jan Andolan’, he said, “Everyone must feel he or she is working for India’s progress. The first thing is to have faith in the people and their strengths. This becomes ‘Lok Shakti’.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi also highlighted the importance of public participation in a democracy and said that the definition of democracy could not be restricted only to elections and the governments.”Democracy is strengthened by people’s participation,” he said.Invoking Mahatma Gandhi to highlight the importance of ‘jan bhaagidari’, Modi credited the Father of the Nation for bringing a big change in the process of the freedom struggle.”Mahatma Gandhi transformed the freedom struggle into a ‘Jan Andolan’. He turned a common man into a soldier of the freedom struggle,” he added.He also took the opportunity to express his concern over the repeated disruptions in the Parliament and said that the rights of the poor are being ignored with the Parliament not functioning.(With ANI inputs)

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It’s matter of sorrow that Parliament is not running: PM Modi