President Should Inaugurate New Parliament Building, Not PM: Rahul Gandhi
The new Parliament building, which is supposed to be inaugurated in December 2022, is the current center of attention due to a statement made by former Congress party president Rahul Gandhi. Gandhi suggested that the President of India should inaugurate the new Parliament building, and not the Prime Minister.
The proposed new building is set to replace the old structure which was built during British rule in 1927. According to reports, the new building will have a seating capacity of 1,224 MPs, a larger gallery for visitors, and a modern design.
Rahul Gandhi’s Statement
Rahul Gandhi, while speaking to reporters on Wednesday, stated that “The President should inaugurate the new Parliament building. The building is being built with taxpayers’ money and it belongs to the people of India.” He further added that “It is the President’s duty to protect the Constitution. Hence, the President should inaugurate the building.”
Gandhi’s statement came after several government officials confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the new Parliament building. Reports suggest that PM Modi may lay the foundation stone for the new structure on December 10, 2020, to mark the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Indian Constitution.
Reason Behind Gandhi’s Suggestion
Rahul Gandhi’s suggestion that the President should inaugurate the new Parliament building and not the Prime Minister has created a political stir. Many believe that this is an attempt by the Congress party to undermine the current BJP-led government.
Gandhi’s statement can be seen as an attempt to seek maximum political mileage from the current situation in the country. This comes at a time when the opposition parties are trying to corner the government over farmers’ protests and the contentious Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
The issue of who should inaugurate the new Parliament building has created a political controversy. While some believe that the Prime Minister should have the honor, others, including the former Congress party president, Rahul Gandhi, feel that it should be the President.
Regardless of who inaugurates the building, the new structure will be a symbol of India’s growing power and modernity. It will also provide a better working environment for MPs and visitors alike.