On Wednesday (May 24), 19 opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC, the AAP, and others, decided to stay away from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Sunday (May 28) inauguration of the new Parliament building.
“Prime Minister Modi’s decision to inaugurate the new Parliament building by himself, completely sidelining President Murmu, is not only a grave insult but a direct assault on our democracy that demands a commensurate response,” the opposition parties said in a joint statement outlining the reasons for the boycott.
The Trinamool Congress, the Communist Party of India, and the Aam Aadmi Party had previously declared that they were going to boycott the inauguration ceremony earlier on Tuesday, May 23.
Telangana Chief Minister K. chandrashekhar Rao’s Bharat Rashtra Samiti refused to be a signatory to the joint statement, but the party too will boycott the inauguration ceremony.
In a single statement, the opposition parties declared they wouldn’t go to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inauguration of the new Parliament building.
When the soul of democracy has been sucked out from Parliament, we find no value in a new building.
The new Parliament building will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 28th May.
TMC’s leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien in a Twitter post on Tuesday said, “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.”