INDIA: In the upcoming days, the new Parliament building will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prior to this update, the Trinamool Congress, the Communist Party of India, and the Aam Aadmi Party withdrew their participation from the grand opening. According to reports, these state-ruled parties are upset with the decision to have the PM inaugurate the building instead of the President. The grand-scale inauguration is scheduled for May 28, 2024.
As a response to the government’s decision, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury expressed his dissatisfaction, stating that it is unacceptable to see the PM inaugurating the Parliament building while sidelining the President. Yechury further added that according to Article 79 of the Constitution, Parliament comprises the President, the Lok Sabha, and the Rajya Sabha.
Additionally, Derek O’Brien, an MP from the Mamata-led Trinamool party, took to Twitter and wrote, “Parliament is not just a new building; it is an institution with long-standing traditions, values, precedents, and rules. It is the foundation of Indian democracy. PM Modi fails to understand this. For him, Sunday’s inauguration of the new building is all about himself. So count us out.”
Meanwhile, the ruling party of the capital state is already furious with the central government for introducing an ordinance to strip them of their powers regarding transfers and postings. The Aam Aadmi Party has joined forces with other left-leaning parties, and AAP leader Sanjay Singh tweeted, “Not inviting Her Excellency the President Draupadi Murmu ji to the inauguration ceremony of the Parliament House is a grave insult to her. This is an insult to the Dalit, tribal, and marginalized societies of India. @AamAadmiParty will boycott the inauguration program in protest against PM Modi not inviting His Excellency the President.”
According to reports, the MPs received their invitations for the event via WhatsApp, rather than through any formal means.
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