Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge Attacks BJP For Not Inviting President For New Parliament Inauguration
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge criticized the central government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly disrespecting the President of India by not inviting her to inaugurate the new Parliament complex. Kharge accused the BJP-RSS government of reducing propriety to mere tokenism.
Kharge took to Twitter, stating that it seemed the Modi government had only ensured the election of Dalit and Tribal community members as President of India for electoral reasons. He claimed that the government repeatedly disrespected propriety, diminishing the Office of the President of India.
Highlighting the President’s role as the highest constitutional authority and the first citizen of the country, Kharge argued that she should be the one to inaugurate the new building as a symbol of the government’s commitment to democratic values and constitutional propriety. He pointed out that former President Ramnath Kovind was not invited to the foundation-laying ceremony, and now President Droupadi Murmu was not being invited to the inauguration.
President Should Ideally Be Inaugurate The Parliament: Kharge
Kharge emphasized that the Parliament of India is the supreme legislative body, and the President represents the government, opposition, and all citizens. He believed that the President’s inauguration of the new Parliament building would signify the government’s dedication to democratic principles and constitutional propriety.
Prime Minister Modi Is Scheduled To Inaugurate The New Parliament On 28th May
Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to dedicate the new triangular-shaped four-storey Parliament building with a built-up area of 64,500 square meters to the nation on May 28, 2023, coinciding with VD Savarkar’s birth anniversary. Opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, Asaduddin Owaisi, Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, and D Raja, have objected to PM Modi inaugurating the complex, arguing that he is the head of the government and not the head of the legislature.
Rahul Gandhi Expressed his Opinion
Rahul Gandhi expressed his opinion on Twitter, stating that the President should inaugurate the new Parliament House, not the Prime Minister. Owaisi questioned why the Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman couldn’t inaugurate it, suggesting that the PM’s involvement was inappropriate. The foundation stone for the new Parliament building was laid on December 10, 2020, and it has the capacity to accommodate 1,280 members in case of a joint sitting of both Houses.
नए संसद भवन का उद्घाटन राष्ट्रपति जी को ही करना चाहिए, प्रधानमंत्री को नहीं!
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 21, 2023