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Parliament: Opposition’s unnecessary row over new Parliament building, say constitutional experts | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: At a time when the political parties have got divided into two groups over the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28, constitutional experts feel the opposition leaders are not justified in their protest as there are no rules governing the matter.
As many as 20 political parties have decided to boycott the function over PM Modi inaugurating the building. While 19 parties, including the main opposition Congress, have demanded that the new Parliament building should be inaugurated by President Droupadi Murmu, Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi-led All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) has wants Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to do the honours.
Constitutional experts feel the opposition parties have raised an unnecessary controversy. They say neither the Constitution nor any rule prescribes inauguration of Parliament or any of its part by any particular authority.
In fact, they say the speaker has control over the Parliament estate and s/he should decide who to be invited to inaugurate the building. Besides, there are precedents to prove that the PM can inaugurate the building.
TOI spoke with three eminent constitutional experts and this is what they had to say about the latest controversy:
Former Lok Sabha secretary general Subhash C Kashyap
It is unfortunate that the opposition leaders have politicised the event and made it an anti-Modi issue.
There is no doubt that Modi, as an individual, has a personality which makes him a ‘yug-purush’ (man of an era). He has no match as an individual. He is considered as the number one and is the most popular leader all over the world.
It is up to the speaker to decide who is to be invited to inaugurate the new building. If the speaker would have invited the president, that would also have been fine. The opposition should not politicise the matter.
Earlier also, the Parliament annexe and library were inaugurated by PMs.
How did the transfer of power take place from the British? It was Pt Jawaharlal Nehru as prime minister who was handed power by the Britishers.
Now it does not behove the opposition to join together against Modi to politicise the matter. This is unfortunate.
Former Lok Sabha secretary general PDT Achary
There is nothing right or wrong about the prime minister inaugurating the new Parliament building because there is no rule or protocol concerning it.
There is no rule which says that the President should inaugurate the Parliament building. In the absence of that rule, the PM has decided to inaugurate it.
According to the Constitution, the President addresses the first session of both houses of Parliament every year. The President also addresses the first session of Parliament after every Lok Sabha election, says the Constitution.
On the other hand, the PM is the head of the government. The President acts on the advice of the council of ministers headed by the PM.
Besides, we have precedence according to which the PM can inaugurate it.
Who inaugurated the old Parliament building? Viceroy Lord Irwin inaugurated it in 1927. Its foundation stone was laid by the Duke of Connaught, who happened to be in India at that time. He was the uncle of King of England George VI. He had also laid the foundation stone of India Gate and it is after him that the iconic Connaught Place in Delhi is named.
The Britishers did not invite their monarch to either lay down the foundation stone or inaugurate the Parliament building. There is only Lord Irwin’s name on the record.
Former Lok Sabha secretary SK Sharma
I do not understand the fuss around the issue.
The Parliament building comes under Parliament estate. Who controls the Parliament sstate? Lok Sabha speaker controls the Parliament estate.
Which authority will decide who should be called for inauguration? It is again the speaker. In the instant case, he (Om Birla) requested the prime minister to inaugurate the new building and the PM accepted his request.
What is so unusual about it?
Moreover, there are precedents of the PM inaugurating buildings on the Parliament premises. Indira Gandhi inaugurated the Parliament annexe in 1975. Moreover, Rajiv Gandhi laid the foundation stone of Parliament library in 1987.
Parliament annexe is an important portion of Parliament. Parliament functions not from Parliament house. Only sittings of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha take place in Parliament building.
Otherwise, the rest of the legislative business is conducted by the different committees. All committees meet in annexe. These committees meet regularly, even when Parliament is not in session.
The opposition leaders or political parties who have announced that they would boycott the inaugural function should also say that they would not attend the Parliament proceedings as well.

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