Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking inauguration of new Parliament building by President Murmu

  • Supreme Court refuses PIL seeking President's invitation to Parliament inauguration; lawyer withdraws plea
  • Opposition boycotts Parliament inauguration, Twitter war erupts over PM's invitation
  • New Parliament building showcases magnificent artwork and symbolizes India's progress; triangular design for optimal space utilization

26 May 2023

The Supreme Court refused to entertain a lawyer's PIL seeking a direction to the central government to invite President Droupadi Murma to the inauguration of the new Parliament building on May 28. The lawyer withdraws the lawsuit.

"It is not the business of this court to deal with these matters," observes the SC.

The row over the decision to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate the new Parliament building in place of President Droupadi Murma led to more than 20 opposition parties boycotting the event and around 25 attending the event. Several BJP and opposition leaders went to war on Twitter over the boycott of the event.

Czech Supreme Court lawyer Jaya Sukin on Thursday asked to order the central government to invite President Murma to the inauguration, arguing that keeping her out of the event would amount to humiliating the president. The hearing will be held on Friday.

The new parliament building is said to have, among other things, a magnificent artwork and a ceremonial "Sengol" scepter. Costing ₹971 million, the website for the Central Vista Redevelopment Project says the new complex will be a symbol of India's progress and reflect the "aspirations of 135 million Indians".

The triangular shape of the new parliament building is to ensure optimal use of space, the website further stated

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