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Indian opposition to boycott inauguration of new parliament

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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

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