New Parliament inauguration row LIVE: ‘Eminent’ citizens write letter against opposition boycott

May 26, 2023 09:53 PM IST

New Parliament building inauguration Live Updates: A Supreme Court lawyer has petitioned to direct central government to invite President Murmu to the event.

New Parliament building inauguration Live Updates: The row over the decision to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the new parliament building inauguration instead of President Droupadi Murmu has led to over 20 Opposition parties having boycotted and around 25 attending the event. Several BJP and Opposition leaders have entered a Twitter war due to the latter boycotting the event.

The new parliament building is said to have magnificent artwork.
The new parliament building is said to have magnificent artwork.

A Supreme Court lawyer CR Jaya Sukin on Thursday petitioned to direct the central government to invite President Murmu to the inauguration, arguing that keeping her out of the event would amount to humiliating the President. The hearing in the matter will be held on Friday.

The new parliament building is said to have magnificent artwork and a ceremonial sceptre ‘Sengol’ among other features. Costing 971 crore, the Central Vista Redevelopment Project’s website states that the new complex will be a symbol of India's progress and will be reflecting the "aspirations of the 135 crore Indians”. The triangular shape of the new parliament building is meant to ensure optimum space utilisation, the website further stated.

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  • May 26, 2023 09:53 PM IST

    Delhi police issues traffic advisory for inauguration of new Parliament building on Sunday

    Special traffic arrangements will be put in place in the national capital in view of the inauguration of the new Parliament building on May 28, police said on Friday.

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  • May 26, 2023 06:43 PM IST

    New Parliament building will make every Indian proud: PM Modi, shares video of newly-constructed complex

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the new Parliament building will make every Indian proud, as he posted a video of the newly-constructed complex on Twitter and urged people to share it on the social media platform with the hashtag 'MyParliamentMyPride'.

    Modi also urged people to share the video with their voiceover which he will retweet.

  • May 26, 2023 06:16 PM IST

    ‘Pretty damn impressive’: Omar Abdullah reacts to new Parliament building video

    National Conference leader Omar Abdullah seemed impressed with the new Parliament building after a detailed video showcasing the interior and exterior features was released on Friday, two days ahead of the inauguration ceremony. Omar Abdullah, the former chief minister of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, acknowledged the need for a new and improved Parliament building and said “this one looks pretty damn impressive.”

  • May 26, 2023 06:12 PM IST

    J-K leaders, activists extend support to PM Modi on new Parliament building's inauguration; Slam opposition boycott call

    Slamming the opposition parties' call for boycotting the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several leaders and activists from Jammu and Kashmir on Friday extended support to the inauguration while also describing the opposition's decision as "childish and trivial".

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    PM Modi to inaugurate new parliament building on Sunday. Here's the first look

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  • May 26, 2023 04:49 PM IST

    ‘Eminent’ citizens write letter against opposition boycott

    270 eminent citizens, included 88+ retired bureaucrats have written a letter condemning Opposition parties for their behaviour over new Parliament building inauguration.

  • May 26, 2023 04:15 PM IST

     'Sengol' ceremony was conducted in Chola Empire, what IMKMK said

    “This tradition is not limited to Tamil culture alone but is an integral part of Indian traditions. The Chola emperors were renowned as some of the greatest rulers in the world, and they also conducted the ‘Sengol’ ceremony. Prime Minister Modi is a capable leader, and he is rightfully performing the ‘Sengol’ by inaugurating the new Parliament Building,” said Devanathan Yadav, Founder-President of Tamil Nadu-based Inthiya Makkal Kalvi Munnetra Kazhagam (IMKMK).

  • May 26, 2023 03:48 PM IST

    Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri speaks on row over installation of 'Sengol'

    Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Friday said, “An article was published in the Time Magazine of America in 1947 and all those who are protesting (against the inauguration of new parliament building) should read this article and gain knowledge about what is the symbolism of ‘Sengol’ and what happened in 1947.”

  • May 26, 2023 03:40 PM IST

    'Why does Congress hate Indian traditions, culture so much?': Amit Shah on Sengol controversy

    Training his guns at the grand old party, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the 'Sengol' given to former Prime Minister Pandit Nehru was banished to a museum as a 'walking stick'.

    Shah in a series of tweets questioned and asked why Congress hates Indian traditions and culture.

  • May 26, 2023 02:26 PM IST

    Opposition boycott of Parliament building inauguration: Jaishankar says there should be a limit to doing politics

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday described as “unfortunate” the decision by 20 opposition parties to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament building and said there should be a limit to doing politics.

    Jaishankar, who is on a two-day visit to Gujarat, was speaking to reporters at Rajpipla town of Narmada district. He said the inauguration of the new Parliament building should be celebrated as a festival by the entire nation.

  • May 26, 2023 02:04 PM IST

    ‘Their party boycotted voting for President’: DK Shivakumar amid new Parliament inauguration row

    Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister DK Shivakumar took a jibe at JDS leader saying, “The new Parliament building should be inaugurated by the President... HD Kumaraswamy should not forget that when there was presidential election, their party had boycotted voting for the president of the country.”

  • May 26, 2023 01:57 PM IST

     ‘Who inaugurates, not important’: NDPP leader

    NDPP leader TR Zeliang, speaking on the new parliament building row said, "Everyone should appreciate the building of the new Parliament and I congratulate the Govt of India for the concept. Whoever will inaugurate is not important. A new building is to come up and a new development has taken place in such a short span of time."

  • May 26, 2023 01:45 PM IST

    ‘Not slaves of Congress’: JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy

    As Congress questioned former PM Deve Gowda’s decision to attend the new Parliament building's inauguration, former Karnataka chief minister and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy said, “We are not slaves of Congress and will take our own decision. Why do we need to follow Congress?”

  • May 26, 2023 01:30 PM IST

    This classical dancer's letter to PM Modi brought Sengol into limelight

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday will dedicate the newly constructed Parliament complex to the nation with full pomp and show. The inauguration ceremony would commence early in the morning with a havan and a multi-religion prayer followed by the installation of the golden 'Sengol' near the chair of the Speaker in Lok Sabha.

    The credit of revealing this lost gem to the nation goes to notable classical dancer Padma Subrahmanyam. The Prime Minister Office (PMO) came to know about Sengol in 2021 when Subrahmanyam wrote a letter to the prime minister, translating a Tamil article on it and emphasised that the significance of the Sengol should be widely publicised.

    Read Here.

  • May 26, 2023 01:12 PM IST

    ‘Affirms belief in judiciary’: BJP's Khushbu Sundar after SC refuses to entertain plea on new parliament building inauguration

    Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Khushbu Sundar on Friday said, “This affirms my belief in our judiciary system. Expect some to fall in line atleast after this judicial snub by the Apex court. The #SC refuses to entertain pleas regarding the new parliament building opening and the controversy surrounding it.”

  • May 26, 2023 01:06 PM IST

    ‘Frivolous petition’: MoS Law on SC rejecting plea on new Parliament inauguration

    MoS Law Arjun Ram Meghwal on Friday said, “I welcome the decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court in rejecting the frivolous petition seeking to interfere in the inauguration of the new Parliament building.”

  • May 26, 2023 01:00 PM IST

    BJD to attend new parliament building inauguration: Party MP

    Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Amar Pattnaik said, “Our party president Naveen Patnaik has taken this decision that BJD will attend the inaugural function of the new building of the Parliament.”

  • May 26, 2023 12:58 PM IST

    Ex-PM Deve Gowda to attend Parliament event: ‘country's property…not BJP office’

    Former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Thursday said he will be attending the inauguration of the new Parliament building, saying the property has been built with taxpayers' money and is not a BJP office. Deve Gowda stressed that he will be participating in the inauguration ceremony as a former Prime Minister and a citizen of the country.

    Read Here.

  • May 26, 2023 12:41 PM IST

    ‘Don’t take away right of Consitutional Speaker': Congress leader amidst inauguration row

    After Supreme Court's decison to refuse hearing the plea to invite President Droupadi Mrumu to the inauguration of the new Parliament building, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said on Wednesday, “I would ask the Prime Minister to reconsider his decision. Don't take away the rights of the constitutional speaker, the head of the Parliament, only because she is a tribal woman. She is the President of our country. The head of the Parliament should inaugurate.”

  • May 26, 2023 12:38 PM IST

    SC refuses hearing PIL seeking direction to let President Mrumu inaugurate the new Parliament building

    Supreme Court refused to entertain a PIL by a lawyer seeking a direction to the Central Govt to invite President Droupadi Murmu to the inauguration of the new Parliament building on May 28. Lawyer withdraws the plea.

    "It's not a function of this court to look into these things," remarks SC.

  • May 26, 2023 12:26 PM IST

    ‘When Indira Gandhi laid foundation stone of parliament building…’: Goa Minister

    Goa Minister Sudin Dhavalikar said on Friday, “PM Modi has decided to inaugurate the new parliament building on 28th May. I congratulate him on behalf of the entire MGP party. I condemn the statements of other opposition parties, earlier when Indira Gandhi laid the foundation stone of the parliament building, no one said anything.”

  • May 26, 2023 12:24 PM IST

    ‘BJD answerable to people’: Odisha minister Pramila Malik

    Odisha minister Pramila Malik responding to Congress' criticism for attending the inauguration of the new parliament building said, “Let Congress say what they want to. BJD is answerable to the people, it will do what's good for them.”

  • May 26, 2023 12:21 PM IST

    How 20 parties came together for joint statement on new Parliament inauguration

    When West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was meeting her Delhi and Punjab counterparts, Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann, respectively, in Kolkata on Tuesday evening, a message to join the inauguration of the new Parliament building popped up on a Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader’s mobile phone, said people aware of developments.

    The discussions between the three chief ministers briefly touched upon the May 28 event and hours later, the TMC announced that it was pulling out of the ceremony. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) followed suit after their two chief ministers landed in Mumbai.

    Read Here.

  • May 26, 2023 12:17 PM IST

    Watch: New parliament building surrounded by barricades, heavy security ahead of inauguration

    Visuals from outside the new parliament building, which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be inaugurating on May 28, showed heavy security arrangements on Thursday. The building, which is at the heart of Lutyens in Delhi, has been constructed as a part of the Central Vista Redevelopment Project.

    Watch Here.

  • May 26, 2023 12:15 PM IST

    'Sengol' brought to Delhi ahead of inauguration of the new Parliament

    The golden 'Sengol', which was kept in Allahabad Museum has been moved to the national capital ahead of the inauguration of the new Parliament building. Notably, 'Sengol', which marked the symbol of the transfer of power from the British to India, will be kept as a legacy in the new Parliament building.

    Read Here.

  • May 26, 2023 12:10 PM IST

    ‘Time to hand over power’: SP chief Akhilesh Yadav slams BJP speaking about Sengol

    Speaking about Sengol, Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav said, “Sengol is a symbol of transfer of power (from one hand to another)… BJP seems to have accepted that the time has come to hand over power.”

  • May 26, 2023 12:07 PM IST

    Parties boycotting lack commitment to democracy: BJP President JP Nadda

    Bharatiya Janata Party President JP Nadda on Friday took a jibe at political parties boycotting the event saying what connected all of them was that they were “dynasty run political parties, whose monarchic methods are at loggerheads with the principles of republicanism and democracy in our Constitution”.

    Nadda further said, “Those parties which are boycotting the Parliament’s inauguration lack any commitment to democracy because their sole aim is to perpetuate a select group of dynasties. Such an approach is an insult to the makers of our Constitution. These parties must introspect!”

    He added, “These dynastic parties, particularly the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, are unable to digest a simple fact that the people of India have placed their faith in a man hailing from a humble background. Elitist mindsets of dynasts are preventing them from logical thinking.”

    Nadda said that the people of India were seeing how these parties were keeping politics above the nation and they will be punished for their “partisan politics”.

  • May 26, 2023 12:03 PM IST

    ‘All to divert people’s attention': HD Kumaraswamy

    Former Karnataka CM and JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy slammed the Congress party for boycotting the inauguration of new Parliament and said on Friday, “Now, they (Congress) are showing a lot of respect and affection for the President. Why did they put a candidate against her? Now they are saying that they (BJP) are insulting Adivasis. All this is only to divert the people's attention and gain votes from a section of the society.”

  • May 26, 2023 12:00 PM IST

    ‘Why does Congress hate Indian traditions?’: Amit Shah on Cong's Sengol claim

    Amit Shah taking a jab at Congress said, “Why does the Congress party hate Indian traditions and culture so much? A sacred Sengol was given to Pandit Nehru by a holy Saivite Mutt from Tamil Nadu to symbolize India’s freedom but it was banished to a museum as a ‘walking stick’.”

    He added, “Now, Congress has heaped another shameful insult. The Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam, a holy Saivite Mutt, itself spoke about the importance of the Sengol at the time of India’s freedom. Congress is calling the Adheenam’s history as BOGUS! Congress needs to reflect on their behaviour.”

  • May 26, 2023 11:56 AM IST

    20 Opposition parties boycott the inauguration of new Parliament

    The parties that will be boycotting the inauguration of the new Parliament building include: 

    Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Sharad Pawar's Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Janata Dal (United) of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, Communist Party of India, CPI (Marxist), Shiv Sena (UBT), ex-Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP), the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of Bihar deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, Jharkhand's ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), the Indian Union Muslim League, Kerala Congress (Mani), the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, the Rashtriya Lok Dal, the National Conference of ex-Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Farooq and Omar Abdullah, the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, the Revolutionary Socialist Party.

  • May 26, 2023 11:46 AM IST

    25 political parties to attend the inauguration of new parliament building

    Twenty-five parties decide to attend the inauguration of the new parliament building. 

    These include: BJP, Shiv Sena, National People’s Party, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha, Jannayak Janata Party, AIDMK, IMKMK, AJSU, RPI, Mizo National Front, Tamil Maanila Congress, ITFT (Tripura), Bodo People’s Party, Pattali Makkal Kacchi, MGP, Apna Dal, AGP, BSP, Shiromani Akali Dal, Janata Dal (Secular), Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas), YSR Congress, BJD and TDP. 

  • May 26, 2023 11:36 AM IST

    How will the new Parliament building be inaugurated? Top points

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla is set to inaugurate new Parliament building on May 28. According to news agency ANI, the inauguration ceremony is scheduled to be held in two phases.

    The event will begin with a ritual followed by dignitaries examining the premises of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha chambers in the new building. The second leg of the ceremony is likely to begin at noon with the national anthem in the chamber of the lower house.

    Read Here how the new Parliament building will be inaugurated.

  • May 26, 2023 11:30 AM IST

    ‘Moment of Pride… boycott unfortunate’: UPPL chief

    “It is a moment of immense pride for our Nation as our new parliament building, a symbol of the world's largest democracy, is set to be inaugurated by our Hon'ble PM Shri @narendramodi ji. However, it is unfortunate that the Opposition parties have chosen to boycott this significant event. We must uphold the spirit of democracy as we celebrate this milestone in our Nation's history,” United People's Party Liberal chief Pramod Boro. 

  • May 26, 2023 11:28 AM IST

    ‘Insult to Democracy’: NDA statement of Opp boycotting the inauguration of new Parliament building

    Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) released a statement on Wednesday — after Opposition parties had decided to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament building on Sunday — saying that it was an “insult to democracy and elected representatives”.

    The statement said, “140 crore people of India will not forget this egregious insult to our democracy and to their elected representatives.”

    They said the boycott"is not merely disrespectful; it is a blatant affront to the democratic ethos and constitutional values of our great nation”.

    Leaders who signed the statement include, BJP president J P Nadda, Shiv Sena’s Eknath Shinde, and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma. 

    Over 25 parties have decided to attend the event, while around 20 will be boycotting it. 

    Read Here.

  • May 26, 2023 11:20 AM IST

    New Parliament inauguration: BJP asks Opposition to respect Democracy, reverse boycott decision

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday asked the Opposition leaders boycotting the inauguration of the new Parliament building to rethink their decision and respect the Democracy. 

    Union Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman critised the Opposition parties for boycotting the event due to PM Narendra Modi's decision to inaugurate the event instead of President Droupadi Murmu. 

    “Whether you like the Prime Minister or do not like to see him... Whatever it is, you have to respect the temple of democracy. is not good to boycott the temple of democracy where we debate people’s issues. ...At least for the people, participate in the function,” Sitharama said in a press conference. 

    Read Here.

  • May 26, 2023 11:10 AM IST

    No documented evidence on 'Sengol' being symbol of transfer of power by British to India: Cong

    Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Friday claimed there is no documented evidence of Lord Mountbatten, C Rajagopalachari and Jawaharlal Nehru describing the 'Sengol' as a symbol of transfer of power by the British to India.

    He also alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his drum-beaters are using the ceremonial sceptre for their political ends in Tamil Nadu.

    The 'Sengol' will be installed close to the Chair of the Lok Sabha speaker after the new Parliament building is inaugurated by Modi on May 28, an event 20 Opposition parties, including the Congress, are boycotting.

    On Thursday, the BJP had alleged that the Congress displayed disregard for Hindu traditions by calling the sacred 'Sengol' a "golden stick gifted" to India's first prime minister Nehru and tucking it away in a museum.


  • May 26, 2023 11:00 AM IST

    ‘Festival of Democracy’: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on new Parliament building inauguration

    “The inauguration of the new building of Parliament is a festival of democracy. This should not become an issue of conflict. There is a limit to politicising anything. I think we should all celebrate it together,” EAM Dr S Jaishankar in Vyadhar, Narmada

  • May 26, 2023 10:55 AM IST

    Finance Ministry to launch 75 coins to commemorate Parliament inauguration

    Finance Ministry will be launching a special 75 coin to commemorate the new Parliament building's inauguration on Sunday.

  • May 26, 2023 10:52 AM IST

    ‘Symbol of Democracy…inauguration should not be politicised’: Union Minister Rajnath Singh

    Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “The new building of the Parliament is going to be inaugurated on 28th May. No one should politicise this, the new Parliament is a symbol of democracy and the aspiration of all Indians. It is my appeal to all parties who have decided to boycott the inauguration of the Parliament that they should rethink their decision.” 

  • May 26, 2023 10:47 AM IST

    ‘Not a party event’: Sanjay Raut on new Parliament building inauguration

    Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut speaking on the new parliament building inauguration said that the issue was a matter of respecting the Constitution and the President of India. He further questioned why no invitation was given to the President or the former president president. He said, “It is not a party event.”

  • May 26, 2023 10:14 AM IST

    "Undemocratic attitude," Assam minister slams Oppn call to boycott new Parliament building inauguration

    Assam Minister and President of Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), Atul Bora, has criticised the "undemocratic attitude" of Opposition for announcing a boycott of the new Parliament building and has appealed to all political parties to participate in the inauguration ceremony on May 28.

    "This is a totally undemocratic attitude of the opposition. This is petty politics. I appeal to all political parties to take part in the inaugural ceremony," Bora said.

    The AGP is an ally of the BJP-led coalition government in Assam. Opposition parties have accused the government of "sidelining" President Draupadi Murmu.


  • May 26, 2023 10:05 AM IST

    ‘Build by Centre in record time’: SKM leader on new parliament building before inauguration

    “We support the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28th May. The new Parliament has been built by the Centre in record time. Our only MP Indra Hang Subba also has the same stand. SKM congratulates PM Modi for this achievement”: Jacob Khaling, Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM)


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