Indian opposition to boycott inauguration of new parliament
Agencies | Stockholm
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
India’s opposition parties yesterday said they would boycott the inauguration of a glitzy new parliament building, accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a “grave insult” to democracy by excluding the president.
Construction of the building is part of a Central Vista project aimed at revamping or replacing British colonial-era government facilities, including a new residence for the prime minister.
Work on the parliament building began in January 2021 and is estimated to have cost around 12 billion rupees ($145 million), according to media reports.
Yesterday, 19 opposition parties criticised decision to exclude Indian President Droupadi Murmu -- the head of state -- from an inauguration event set for Sunday in New Delhi.
The government has defended construction of the building, saying it was necessary and a matter of pride for Indians.
The current parliament, designed by British architects Edwin Lutyens and Herbert Baker, was opened in 1927