New Delhi, The TMC, the CPI and the AAP on Tuesday announced they will skip the inauguration ceremony of the new Parliament building on May 28 and more opposition parties including the Congress are likely to join them.
Amid demands from the opposition that the president should inaugurate the new building, leaders of like-minded opposition parties deliberated on the issue and a joint statement by the floor leaders on a united boycott of the event may be issued soon, sources said. Announcing the party’s decision, TMC’s leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien wrote on Twitter,
“Parliament is not just a new building; it is an establishment with old traditions, values, precedents and rules — it is the foundation of Indian democracy. Prime Minister Modi doesn’t get that. For him, Sunday’s inauguration of the new building is all about I, ME, MYSELF. So count us out.” CPI general secretary D Raja also said his party will not attend the ceremony.
TMC MP Derek O’Brien slammed PM Modi for making the new Parliament building “all about himself”. “Parliament is not just a new building; it is an establishment with old traditions, values, precedents and rules – it is the foundation of Indian democracy. PM Modi doesn’t get that. For him, Sunday’s inauguration of the new building is all about I, ME, MYSELF. So count us out,” he wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, several opposition parties, including Congress, are likely to unitedly skip the ceremony, however, a final decision on it will be taken on Wednesday, reported news agency PTI.
PM Modi is schedule to inaugurate the new Parliament building on May 28 at 12 pm in the national capital. According to the Lok Sabha secretariat, the new building offers spacious seats, the latest facilities, and tablets on each desk. Arrangements have been made for a meeting of 888 members in the Lok Sabha as compared to the current 543, and for 384 members in the Rajya Sabha as compared to the current 250 seats, it added.