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Opposition Criticises PM Modi’s Unveiling of National Emblem Atop New Parliament Building

Opposition parties criticised the inauguration by the prime minister, saying this is a “clear violation of the Constitution” which envisages separation of power between the Executive and the Legislature.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, July 11 unveiled the national emblem cast atop the new Parliament building in a special ceremony. He was joined by by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh and urban development minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

“This morning, I had the honour of unveiling the National Emblem cast on the roof of the new Parliament,” Modi tweeted.

Authorities have maintained that the Parliament’s Winter Session will be held in the new building.

Opposition parties criticised the inauguration by the prime minister, saying this is a “clear violation of the Constitution” which envisages separation of power between the Executive and the Legislature.

“Parliament and the national emblem belong to the people of India and not one man. Imagine if the leaders of all major parties were present at the inauguration today, swearing to uphold the Constitution. But why ruin the photo for our Shahenshah?” tweeted Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha, Gaurav Gogoi.

“The Constitution unambiguously separates the three wings of our democracy — the Executive (government), the Legislature (Parliament and state assemblies) and the Judiciary. The President summons Parliament. The Prime Minister is the head of the Executive. The Legislature has its independent role to perform, amongst others, to legislate laws, keep the Executive accountable and answerable. This constitutional separation of powers between the three wings is being subverted by the head of the Executive,” the Communist Party of India (Marxist) said in a statement.

The CPI(M) also took objection to the religious ceremony organised at an event to unveil the national emblem cast.

“National emblem installation should not be linked to religious ceremonies. It is everyone’s emblem, not those who have some religious beliefs. Keep religion separate from national functions,” the CPI(M) said in a tweet.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president, Asaduddin Owaisi, said: “The Constitution separates powers of parliament, government and judiciary. As head of the government, the prime minister should not have unveiled the national emblem atop the new Parliament building. The Speaker represents Lok Sabha, which isn’t subordinate to the government. The Prime Minister has violated all constitutional norms.”

Hitting out at the government, Trinamool Congress MP Jawhar Sircar said MPs, who will occupy this building, were never consulted, and alleged that “Modi will now zap us with a mediocre architecture designed by his crony architect at exorbitant costs.”

(With inputs from PTI)