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Mahua Moitra Slams PM Modi's Exclusion of President in Parliament Building Inauguration

25-05-2023 : Mahua Moitra, a member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), sharply criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi for choosing to dedicate the new Parliament building on May 28 without inviting President Droupadi Murmu. The TMC would not be taking part in the event, which Moitra described as a mere “party,” and she accused the government of being “ignorant about the constitutional niceties.”

Highlighting the significance of the President’s position as the foremost authority in the warrant of precedence, followed by the Vice President and then the Prime Minister, Moitra emphasized that the occasion was not a personal housewarming ceremony for Modi’s own privately funded residence. Her tweet conveyed the TMC’s refusal to attend the May 28th event and concluded by wishing good luck to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The TMC’s decision to boycott the inauguration ceremony was previously announced by TMC MP Derek O’Brien via Twitter. O’Brien stressed that Parliament represented not only a new building but an institution rooted in age-old traditions, values, precedents, and rules, serving as the bedrock of Indian democracy. He criticized PM Modi, accusing him of regarding the ceremony as an opportunity for self-promotion rather than upholding the institution’s significance.

The ceremony, intended to unveil the new Parliament building, will witness a boycott by twenty opposition parties, including the Congress, AIUDF, DMK, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiv Sena (UBT), Samajwadi Party, TMC, Janata Dal (United), Nationalist Congress Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), RJD, Indian Union Muslim League, National Conference, Communist Party of India, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Kerala Congress (Mani), Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Revolutionary Socialist Party, and the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Speaker of the Lok Sabha Om Birla will be present on May 28 for the nation’s official dedication of the new Parliament building. The new Parliament building construction was started on December 10, 2020, when Prime Minister Modi lay the cornerstone, and it was finished quickly and to a high standard.

The newly built Parliament building has been planned to accommodate 888 Lok Sabha members and 384 Rajya Sabha members in order to meet future needs and take into account the expansion of these institutions. The Lok Sabha chamber will serve as the location for both Houses’ combined sessions.