New Parliament building row: Two parties accept invitation to attend inauguration amid mass opposition boycott
Last update: May 25, 2023, 12:12pm IST
The inauguration of the new parliament building is scheduled for Sunday 28 May. (File photo/PTI)
It comes after 19 opposition parties decided to boycott the opening of the new Parliament
Amid the dispute over the inauguration of the new parliament building, two parties, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and YSRCP, announced their decision to attend the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday. This comes after 19 opposition parties decided to boycott the opening of the new Parliament.
BJD spokesman Lenin Mohanty published a letter announcing the participation of party MPs in the inaugural function of the new parliament. In the letter, the party said it believes that parliament, as a symbol of democracy, is above politics, and its stature must be safeguarded.
“BJD believes that these constitutional institutions must be above any issue that may affect their sanctity and honor. Such topics can always be discussed at the August house,” the party stated in the letter. Currently, BJD has 12 MPs in Lok Sabha and eight in Rajya Sabha.
“The President of India is the head of the Indian state. Parliament represents 1.4 billion people in India. Both institutions are symbols of Indian democracy and derive their authority from the Indian constitution,” the BJD spokesperson’s letter added.
Meanwhile, according to a YEARS report, YSRCP MP Vijaysai Reddy also confirmed that his party will attend the inauguration of the new parliament building.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy congratulated PM Modi on the new parliament building on Wednesday, saying boycotting the inauguration is not in the true spirit of democracy.
“I congratulate @narendramodi ji for dedicating the great, majestic and spacious Parliament building to the nation. Parliament, being the temple of democracy, reflects the soul of our nation and belongs to the people of our country and to all political parties. Boycotting such an auspicious event is not in the true spirit of democracy,” the YSRCP leader wrote in a tweet.
“All political differences aside, I request that all political parties attend this glorious event. In the true spirit of democracy, my party will attend this historic event,” he added.
I congratulate @Narendra Modi ji for dedicating the great, majestic and spacious Parliament building to the nation. Parliament, being the temple of democracy, reflects the soul of our nation and belongs to the people of our country and to all political parties. Boycotting such…— YS Jagan Mohan Reddy (@ysjagan) May 24, 2023
The inauguration of the new parliament building is scheduled for Sunday 28 May. All opposition parties have decided to boycott the opening ceremony of the new parliament building, Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday, announcing that Shiv Sena (UBT) will also not attend the event. .
Parties boycotting the event include MK Stalin’s Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United), Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi.
Citing sources, news agency. YEARS reported that the Congress party is likely to boycott the inauguration program as well.
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