Congress: one man’s ego has taken away the President’s right under the Constitution to inaugurate a new Parliament
In a joint announcement of the boycott, 19 opposition parties—including the Congress, AAP, TMC, Left, and SP—said they saw no point in erecting a new structure because “the democratic systems’ spirit has been destroyed.”
The Congress intensified its criticism of Modi
On Thursday, the Congress intensified its criticism of Modi over the opening of the new Parliament building, claiming that “one man’s ego and desire for self-promotion” had denied the first tribal woman president the constitutional right to inaugurate the complex.
“The democratic systems’ spirit has been destroyed”
After up to 20 opposition parties declared their intention to skip Modi’s inauguration of the New Parliament, the Congress launched its attack the following day. In a joint announcement of the boycott, 19 opposition parties—including the Congress, AAP, TMC, Left, and SP—said they saw no point in erecting a new structure because “the democratic systems’ spirit has been destroyed.”
Separately, Asaduddin Owaisi, the leader of the AIMIM party, declared that his group would not attend the new Parliament building’s inauguration if Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla did not do so.
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh tweet
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted, “Yesterday, President Draupadi Murmu opened the nation’s greatest judicial building at the Jharkhand High Court complex in Ranchi. The first Adivasi woman president’s constitutional right to inaugurate the brand-new Parliament building in New Delhi on May 28th has been denied because of one man’s ego and desire for self-promotion.” Ramesh uttered, “Akbar the Great, Ashoka the Great, Modi the Inaugurate.”
The Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh tweeted in Hindi, “The’shehnai’ of ‘democracy’ must be performed in Parliament, but since the day the self-described ‘Vishwaguru’ has shown up, the cannon of ‘autocracy’ is being fired.” “Change your intentions, not the building,” he emphasized.
The BJP-led NDA response to boycott the inauguration ceremony
Following the call for a boycott from the opposition, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance also launched a vehement response, branding the opposition’s stance a “blatant insult to constitutional principles and the democratic principles of our great country.”
Parliament has lost its democratic soul
Nineteen opposition parties, including the Congress, AAP, TMC, and Left, had previously declared their intention to abstain from the ceremony, arguing that there is no point in dedicating a new structure when Parliament has lost its democratic soul.
The new Parliament building’s inauguration by Prime Minister Modi alone, “completely excluding President Droupadi Murmu,” they claimed in a joint statement, “is not only an unacceptable insult but an open assault on our constitutional system that demands a compatible response.”