On Wednesday, the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), which is led by Naveen Patnaik, announced that its lawmakers would attend the Sunday opening of the new Parliament building.
Shortly after 19 opposition parties declared their intention to boycott the ceremony in response to the government’s choice to have Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the structure rather than President Droupadi Murmu, the BJD made their declaration.
“The BJD shall be a part of this momentous occasion,” BJD’s floor leader in Rajya Sabha, Sasmit Patra said, adding the party MPs will attend it at their convenience. Their will be no whip since some members may be pre-occupied. However, BJD as a party will be part of the opening ceremony, he said.
While the President of India is the head of the Indian state, Sasmit said that the Parliament speaks for India’s 1.4 billion citizens in support of the BJD resolution. Both organisations, which derive their authority from the Indian Constitution, are emblems of Indian democracy.
“While their authority and stature should always be safeguarded, BJD believes that these Constitutional institutions should be above any issue which may affect their sanctity and honour. Such issues can always be debated later in the august house,” he said.
BJD has nine members in Rajya Sabha and twelve in Lok Sabha. The new Parliament building will be dedicated to the country at noon on Sunday, according to Utpal Kumar Singh, the secretary general of Lok Sabha. Along with the PM, Speaker Om Birla will be present.
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