BJP: In a momentous ceremony held on Sunday, the nation witnessed the grand inauguration of the new Parliament building. The event, attended by representatives from 25 political parties, including the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), marked a significant milestone in the country’s democratic journey. However, the absence of 21 parties, including the principal opposition party, the Congress, underscored the prevailing political divisions.
The presence of numerous political entities at the inauguration showcased the diverse tapestry of Indian politics. Alongside the BJP, parties such as the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Janata Dal (Secular), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) stood united in witnessing this historic event. Their participation symbolized a collective commitment to the democratic process and the progress of the nation.
Grand Inauguration of the New Parliament Building
However, the absence of the Congress and other like-minded opposition parties stirred controversy. Led by the Congress, a total of 20 parties decided to boycott the ceremony, citing concerns over the protocol of the event. Their primary objection centered around the decision to have Prime Minister Narendra Modi, rather than President Droupadi Murmu, inaugurate the new Parliament building. According to the opposition parties, as the head of state, the President should have been accorded the honor of inaugurating the facility. With the President’s absence, these parties accused the Narendra Modi government of disrespecting the President’s office, which prompted their decision to boycott the ceremony of the BJP.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in response, dismissed the allegations of disrespect. They clarified that the choice of the Prime Minister to perform the inauguration was in line with the ceremonial procedure and not intended as a disregard for the President’s position. The BJP reiterated its commitment to the ideals of democracy and emphasised that the event aimed to celebrate the strength of India’s democratic institutions of BJP.
While political divisions marked the absence of some parties, the presence of others showcased a vibrant and inclusive gathering. Notably, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Shiv Sena (UBT), Samajwadi Party (SP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist), Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), Kerala Congress (Mani), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi (VCK), Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).
Trinamool Congress (TMC), Janata Dal (United), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), National Conference (NC), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS), and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) all played an active role in the event. Their presence underscored the spirit of inclusivity and the shared goal of strengthening democratic values.
The ceremony was attended by a significant number of Members of Parliament (MPs) from both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. Out of the 539 members in the Lok Sabha, 382 were present to witness this historic event, with an overwhelming majority of 301 members belonging to the BJP. The Rajya Sabha, with its 238-seat composition, had 131 members in attendance, including 93 from the BJP alone.
These numbers also included five nominated members, namely Ranjan Gogoi, the former Chief Justice of India, PT Usha, a retired athletics legend, Ilaiyaraaja, a legendary musician, Dharmasthala Veerendra Heggade, a renowned philanthropist, and V Vijayendra Prasad, a noted film director-screenwriter. Their presence added a touch of diversity and expertise to the gathering of the BJP.
The inauguration of the new Parliament building signifies a moment of pride for the nation and serves as a reminder of India’s commitment to democratic values. While political differences persist and the absence of some parties casts a shadow, the event brings together a wide spectrum of political ideologies, showcasing the democratic fabric that binds the nation.
Opposition Parties Boycott the Event Of The New Parliament
The historic inauguration of the new Parliament building witnessed the participation of 25 political parties, demonstrating a collective commitment to democracy and progress. The absence of 21 parties, including the principal opposition party, stirred controversy, reflecting the existing political divisions. Nonetheless, the event celebrated the strength of democratic institutions and the spirit of inclusivity, symbolizing India’s rich democratic tapestry.
In a momentous and grand ceremony held on Sunday, the nation came together to witness the historic inauguration of the new Parliament building. This landmark event brought representatives from 25 political parties under one roof, signifying a diverse tapestry of political participation. While the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and several other parties celebrated the occasion, the absence of 21 parties, including the principal opposition party, the Congress, generated significant controversy and added a layer of complexity to the proceedings.
The presence of numerous political entities, including the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), Janata Dal (Secular), Telugu Desam Party (TDP), and YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), alongside the BJP, exemplified a collective commitment to the democratic process and the progress of the nation. Their attendance demonstrated unity amidst diversity and showcased the multiplicity of voices shaping India’s political landscape.