Inauguration took place even in opposition governments, President or Governor was never invited: Himanta Biswa Sarma

19 opposition parties including Congress, TMC, AAP on Wednesday said they will boycott the inauguration

Controversy continues over the inauguration of the new Parliament House. While 19 opposition parties including Congress, TMC, AAP said on Wednesday that they will boycott the inauguration, now the BJP is also retaliating. Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed in a tweet that in the last 9 years, 5 non-BJP/Opposition state governments have also conducted such inaugurations and in none the Governor or the President was invited”.

Amidst the ongoing debate regarding the inauguration of the Parliament House, the entry of former Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has also been made. Giving a statement, he said, “When PV Narasimha Rao was the PM, Shivraj Patil was the Speaker and I was the Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Shivraj ji told me that a new and bigger Parliament building should be built before 2026”. However, he declined to comment on the ongoing debate.

TMC leader Mahua Moitra tweeted, “The President of India is No.1 in order of precedence, the Vice-President is No.2 and the Prime Minister is No.3. The government is ignorant of constitutional nuances, this is not Modiji’s housewarming which he has built with his own money”.

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Himanta Biswa Sarma hit back

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “In the last 9 years – 5 non-BJP/opposition state governments have either laid the foundation stone or inaugurated a new Vidhan Sabha building. All this was done either by the Chief Minister or by the party president. Not even once was the Governor or the President invited”.

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Rahul Gandhi also tweeted

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted after the opposition parties announced the boycott, writing, “Not getting the President to inaugurate the Parliament nor invite him to the ceremony – this is an insult to the highest constitutional post of the country. Parliament is not made of bricks of ego, it is made of constitutional values.

Even before this, the Congress leader had tweeted and wrote, “The President should inaugurate the new Parliament House, not the Prime Minister!”

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