Biju Janata Dal to attend new Parliament building inauguration today
As many as 25 political parties are expected to attend the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today even as 20 Opposition parties have decided to boycott the event.
Amid the opposition's decision to boycott the inaugural ceremony of the new Parliament building on May 28, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has decided to attend the new House inauguration on Sunday, said BJD MP Amar Pattnaik while addressing the media persons today.
All current members of both houses of Parliament, as well as ministers, secretaries, chief ministers, and administrators of Union territories, have been invited by the Centre.
The chief architect of the new parliament building, Bimal Patel and reputed industrialist Ratan Tata whose company TATA has constructed the new building have also been invited to the inauguration of the new building.
The BSP, Shiromani Akali Dal, Janata Dal (Secular), Lok Janshakti Party (Ram Vilas), YSR Congress, BJD and TDP are the seven non-NDA parties expected to be present at the event.
The presence of these seven parties, which together account for 50 MPs in the Lok Sabha, will be a major relief for the BJP-led NDA. Their participation will help the NDA blunt the Opposition's charge that it is all a government event.
However, as many as 20 parties including Congress, CPI, AAP, and Trinamool Congress have announced that they would boycott the event. They have also protested the decision that PM Modi will inaugurate the building, claiming this was an insult to the highest constitutional office of the President of India.
In a joint statement, Opposition parties said, “The inauguration of a new Parliament building is a momentous occasion. Despite our belief that the government is threatening democracy, and our disapproval of the autocratic manner in which the new Parliament was built, we were open to sinking our differences and marking this occasion."
“However, Prime Minister Modi’s decision to inaugurate the new Parliament building by himself, completely sidelining President Murmu, is not only a grave insult but a direct assault on our democracy which demands a commensurate response," the statement further read.
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