New Parliament: Congress, TMC, AAP among 19 Oppn parties to boycott function, say ‘soul of democracy sucked out'
In a joint statement, the opposition parties said that they find no value in a new building when the soul of democracy has been sucked out.
In a joint statement, the 19 Opposition parties of India including Congress, TMC, NCP, AAP, RJD, JD-U, National Conference, and left parties have announced their decision to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament building on 28 May.
The decision to boycott came amid a war of words on the matter between the government and the opposition, which has been demanding that the president should inaugurate the new Parliament building and not the prime minister.
"Many controversial legislations, including the three farm laws, have been passed with almost no debate, and Parliamentary Committees have been practically made defunct," the parties said.
Earlier, the opposition had boycotted the ceremony to lay the foundation stone of the building by Modi in December 2020, citing concerns about its timing amid farmer protests, the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic distress due to a lockdown.
The grand opening of the new building, it is learnt, will be marked by the chanting of hymns, a "havan" and a "puja". The rituals will start in the morning and the main programme is scheduled to be held in the afternoon. Besides Modi, the Lok Sabha Speaker will be present at the opening ceremony.
(With inputs from PTI)
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