Emphasizing the importance of dialogue in Parliament-related activities, Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar on Tuesday said that the new Parliament building can be decided through discussions with political parties.
The veteran NCP leader was speaking at the ‘Sauhard Baithak’ (meeting for fostering amity) at the Mahatma Gandhi Mission University in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
He said there has been a general deterioration in engagement in dialogue for parliamentary activities. Even before this, he said, even if the political parties have differences, they have tried to resolve them through discussion.
“I did not understand why there was a need for a new parliament building. It could have been decided through discussions (with political parties). But I came to know about the new building through newspapers,” he said.
More than 20 opposition parties stayed away from the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28. The Congress accused the Prime Minister of treating the inauguration like a “coronation”.
Without naming anyone, Mr. Pawar said, “Important people in the government do not attend Parliament sessions regularly. If the head of government comes to Parliament any day, that day looks different. Parliament is above all. If it is not given importance, people’s perception (is) affected.” either.”
Calling himself the leader of a “small” political party in Parliament, Mr. Pawar said, “We (the opposition) demanded that the President be invited to the inauguration of the new Parliament building. There was no need to oppose it (by the ruling BJP). “Click after the first session of Parliament. A film made had many leaders of the country including Dr BR Ambedkar and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru,” said Mr Pawar.
Opposition parties boycotted the event accusing the BJP-led Center of alienating President Draupadi Murmu. They insisted that the inauguration would be done by President Murmu as he is the constitutional head of the country.
Mr. Pawar also alleged that the elected leaders were not allowed to enter the new building first. “The first picture that came out of the new parliament building was not with the elected members, but with people wearing saffron,” he said.
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