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Business News/ News / India/  New Parliament should be inaugurated by the President: PIL filed at Supreme Court
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New Parliament should be inaugurated by the President: PIL filed at Supreme Court

Petitioner also claimed that Lok Sabha Secretariat violated the Constitution by not inviting the President for the inauguration.

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Supreme Court of India. (ANI)

A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday seeking "direction, observation or suggestion" to the Lok Sabha Secretariat that the new Parliament building should be inaugurated by the President of India. The petition has been filed by Advocate CR Jaya Sukin

Petitioner also claimed that Lok Sabha Secretariat violated the Constitution by not inviting the President for the inauguration. 

The petitioner refers to Article 79 of the Constitution which says that Parliament consists of the President and the two houses. It is pointed out that the President, the first citizen of the nation, has the power to summon and prorogue the Parliament sessions. It is the President who appoints the Prime Minister and other Ministers and all executive actions are taken in the name of the President. It is argued that the not inviting the President for the ceremony is a humiliation and a violation of the Constitution, a report by LiveLaw cited

PM Modi to inaugurate the new Parliament building

This comes days after it was announced that the newly constructed Parliament building will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla met PM Modi last Thursday inviting him to inaugurate the New Parliament Building.

A Lok Sabha release said that construction of the New Parliament Building in the national capital has been completed and it symbolises the spirit of self-reliant India.

"The lack of space was being experienced in the current building as per the present requirements. In both the Houses, there was also a lack of convenient arrangements for the sitting of the MPs which was affecting the efficiency of the work of the members," the release said.

The present building of the Parliament was completed in 1927 which is now going to be almost 100 years old.

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.

Opposition parties to boycott event 

However, as many as 20 parties including Congress, CPI, AAP and Trinamool Congress have announced that they would boycott the event.

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."

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Published: 25 May 2023, 12:46 PM IST
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