Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Wednesday said it has joined other opposition parties in boycotting the May 28 inauguration function of the new Parliament House in protest against the BJP’s efforts to “undermine” the office of the President of India by not inviting her for the programme.
NCP’s Maharashtra state chief spokesperson Mahesh Tapase said the party took the decision after all its MPs voiced their “displeasure” over President Draupadi Murmu not being invited to inaugurate the new Parliament House.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the building
On Wednesday morning, 19 Opposition parties, including the Congress, the TMC, the AAP and the NCP made oublic their decision to boycott the programme.
Tapase in a statement accused the BJP of “trying to project” Prime Minister Narendra Modi” ahead of the 2024 general elections. “This is an insult to the democratic traditions of the country,” he said.
All the MPs of the NCP have voiced their displeasure towards this and have decided to boycott the inaugural function, said the leader.
“The President is the head of the Government, custodian of the fundamental rights of the citizens and also the supreme commander of the Indian armed forces and hence many in the opposition feel that the President should rightfully inaugurate the new Parliament house,” added Tapase.