On Sunday, May 28, 2023, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new parliament building. The opposition parties boycotted the event, insisting that President Droupadi Murmu should have inaugurated the building.
The new parliament building is located in New Delhi and is intended to accommodate the increasing number of parliament members. It can accommodate 888 members in the Lok Sabha and 300 members in the Rajya Sabha.
The structure also features a magnificent constitution hall, a lounge for members of parliament, a library, multiple committee rooms, dining areas, and ample parking.
The new parliament building was constructed in two years at a cost of 971 billion. Bimal Patel, an architect who also designed the Sabarmati Ashram Museum in Ahmedabad and the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai, designed the structure.
Prime Minister Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla began the inauguration ceremony with a puja. The Prime Minister then bowed before the historic sceptre ‘sengol’ that the Adheenam seers had given him. The Prime Minister then brought the sceptre into the Lok Sabha chamber and placed it next to the Speaker’s chair.
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The Prime Minister then congratulated a group of construction workers who had contributed to the construction of the magnificent new parliament. This was followed by ‘Sarv-dharma’ prayers from representatives of various faiths.
Boycott by Opposition
The opposition parties boycotted the inauguration ceremony, alleging that it was a “publicity stunt” on the part of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). As a symbol of India’s democracy, they stated that the President should have been the one to inaugurate the building.
The inaugural ceremony was a grand affair despite the boycott. A large crowd of people greeted the Prime Minister and other dignitaries with cheers and waves as they passed. The ceremony was also broadcast live on Indian television, where it was viewed by millions of people.
The opening of the new parliament building is an important event in the history of India. This structure represents India’s growing commitment to democracy and good governance. It is also a testament to the labour and commitment of those who constructed it.