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Sengol at new Parliament: BJP accuses Congress of disrespecting Hindu traditions

Sengol at new Parliament: The ceremonial sceptre, which will be installed in the new Parliament building, was given to Nehru to symbolise the transfer of power from the British to India in August 1947. It was kept in the Nehru Gallery of the Allahabad Museum.

New Delhi: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru holding 'Sengol', a historical sceptre from Tamil Nadu, with Kumarswamy Thambiran. The Sengol will be installed in the new Parliament building, to be inaugurated on May 28, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_24_2023_000075B) (PTI)Premium
New Delhi: Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru holding 'Sengol', a historical sceptre from Tamil Nadu, with Kumarswamy Thambiran. The Sengol will be installed in the new Parliament building, to be inaugurated on May 28, in New Delhi. (PTI Photo) (PTI05_24_2023_000075B) (PTI)

The BJP has accused the Congress of disrespecting Hindu traditions by calling the sacred "Sengol" a "golden stick" and keeping it in a museum.

The ceremonial sceptre, which was given to Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947 to symbolize the transfer of power from the British to India, will now be installed in the new Parliament building, prominently close to the Speaker's podium. The BJP says this is the rightful place for the sceptre, and that the Congress showed disrespect by keeping it in a museum. The Congress has not yet responded to the BJP's allegations.

The new Parliament building is scheduled to be inaugurated on May 28 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, 20 opposition parties, including the Congress, have announced that they will boycott the inauguration. The opposition parties have said that the prime minister's decision to inaugurate the building by himself, without the president or any other constitutional functionaries, is a "grave insult" to the Constitution.

The BJP has defended the prime minister's decision, saying that he is the elected leader of the country and that he has the right to inaugurate the building. The BJP has also said that the opposition parties are boycotting the inauguration because they are afraid of the prime minister's popularity.

The inauguration of the new Parliament building is a major event, and it is likely to be a source of further controversy between the BJP and the opposition parties.

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Published: 26 May 2023, 08:36 AM IST
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