28 May 2023

PM Modi Dedicates New Parliament Building, Installs Sacred Sengol in Lok Sabha (See in pics)

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday along with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla inaugurated the new Parliament building which is equipped with ultramodern technology.

Modi reached the premises of the Parliament House at around 7.30 am and was received by  Birla. Wearing a silk dhoti, kurta and pink jacket, Modi first paid homage to the statue of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi. 

After this, he along with Birla participated in the Havan and religious rituals there. Modi then prostrated to Sengol brought by saints from various Adheenams of Tamil Nadu and then received it reverently from the hands of five Adheenams saints. 

Modi took blessings from the Adheenams saints and then along with Birla and the saints, he went inside the new Lok Sabha and installed Sengol in a glass case on the right side of the Speaker's seat.

The Sengol was received by India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to represent the transfer of power from the British. The scepter was previously placed in a museum in Allahabad.

After the pooja, Modi unveiled the plaque of the new building, accompanied by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Adheenam seers.

During the historic inauguration of the new Parliament building, prayers from all religions (Jain, Judaism, Hindu, Islam, Sikh) were recited which was attended by the Cabinet ministers.

Dedicating the new Parliament building to the nation, PM Narendra Modi also felicitates the workers who helped in the building new Parliament House in a record time. The Prime Minister felicitated the construction workers with traditional shawls and handed over mementos.

Union ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, S Jaishankar, Jitendra Singh, Chief Ministers of several states, and BJP president J P Nadda presented at the sarv-dharma prayer ceremony.

The interior of the new Parliament building has three national symbols the lotus, the peacock, and the banyan tree as its themes.

The triangular-shaped four-story parliament building has been constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 970 crore in an area of 64,500 sqm.

The building has three main gates - Gyan Dwar, Shakti Dwar, and Karma Dwar. The new Parliament building, part of the Central Vista Project, will replace the old Parliament House, which started its operations in January 1927.

Today’s Lok Sabha can seat 888 members, with the capacity to expand it to 1,272 during joint sessions of Parliament and it is based on the peacock theme, the National Bird. While the Rajya Sabha will seat 384 and it is based on lotus theme, the National Flower.

On Wednesday, 19 parties including the main opposition Congress issued a statement announcing their "collective decision" to boycott the inauguration ceremony.

They said that while the opening was a momentous occasion Modi's "decision to inaugurate the building by himself" was "a grave insult and a "direct assault" on India's democracy.

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