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New Parliament Building Inauguration LIVE Updates: India on Sunday, 27 May, got a new Parliament building with Prime Minister Narendra Modi kicking off the inauguration ceremony by performing a pooja in the premises, following which he placed the Sengol in the new Lok Sabha chamber.
Addressing the nation, PM Modi said: "This is not just a building. It is the reflection of the wishes and dreams of 140 crore Indians. It is a reflection of Atmanirbhar Bharat. The new Parliament building will fulfill the dreams of India's freedom fighters."
The inauguration ceremony began at 7:30 am with a havan performed by PM Modi following which the Sengol, which the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims to be the symbol of transfer of power from the British in 1947, was placed in the Lok Sabha.
The building was inaugurated by PM Modi even as 21 Opposition parties, including the Congress, have decided to boycott the ceremony citing no invitation to President Droupadi Murmu.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter said that PM Modi is "treating the ceremony like his coronation."
In the address, read out by Lok Sabha deputy Speaker Harivansh Singh, President Droupadi Murmu said: "The new Parliament building's inauguration is a matter of pride and joy for all Indians."
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to say: "The Prime Minister is treating the inauguration of the Parliament House as a coronation."
The new Parliament building boasts a seating capacity for 888 MPs in the Lok Sabha, up from the old 552 seats and seating capacity for up to 384 MPs in the Rajya Sabha, up from the old 245 seats.
The new Lok Sabha is also approximately three times the size of the old Lok Sabha with its design inspired by the peacock. The new Rajya Sabha is themed after a lotus, India's national flower.
'I'm Happy I Didn't Go (to the Inauguration)': Sharad Pawar
According to ANI, commenting on the inauguration of the new Parliament with havan, multi-faith prayers and 'Sengol’, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said:
“I saw the event in the morning. I am happy I didn't go there. I am worried after seeing whatever happened there. Are we taking the country backwards? Was this event for limited people only?"
'Dream of 140 Crore Indians, Dawn of Atmanirbhar Bharat': PM Modi
Addressing the nation, PM Modi said that the new Parliament building is a reflection of the wishes and dreams of 140 crore Indians.
"This is not just a building. It is the reflection of the wishes and dreams of 140 crore Indians. It is a reflection of Atmanirbhar Bharat. The new Parliament building will fulfill the dreams of India's freedom fighters," he said.
"The Sengol was placed in the Parliament building today. It was a symbol of duty, service, and governance in the Chola dynasty," he added.
Here are the key highlights of his address:
In the development journey of every country, some dates become immortal. 28 May is one such a day.
India is the mother of democracy. It is also the foundation of global democracy. Democracy is our culture, idea, and tradition.
It is our good fortune that we have been able to restore the pride of the holy 'Sengol'. Whenever proceedings start in this House the 'Sengol' will inspire us.
It was the need of the hour that we build a new, better Parliament.
It was taken care that the Parliament building uses less electricity and is technologically sound.
At least 60,000 workers contributed to the building of this building. There is a digital library dedicated to them in the premises.
The past nine years have been about new innovations and upliftment of the poor. While I am proud of the new building, I am also proud that we build 4 crore homes and 11 crore toilets for the poor in nine years.
New Parliament complex will witness realisation of our 'developed India' resolution.
Our democracy is our inspiration, our Constitution our resolve; Parliament best representative of this inspiration, resolution.
New Parliament building is the perfect example of co-existence of the old and the new
We have 25 years of 'amrit kaal khand', together we have to make India a developed nation in this period.