External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar expressed his disapproval of the opposition parties boycotting the inauguration of the new Parliament building on May 28, stating that there should be a limit to political activities and that the event should not be a subject of controversy. He urged the entire country to come together and celebrate the occasion as a festival of democracy.
S Jaishankar, who was visiting Gujarat, called it unfortunate that the inauguration was being turned into a controversy and emphasized the importance of celebrating it in the spirit of democracy.
A disagreement arose between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and opposition parties when over a dozen parties decided to boycott the inaugural ceremony, arguing that President Droupadi Murmu should perform the honors instead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In response, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) called on the opposition parties to reconsider their decision, highlighting that it would be an insult to democracy and elected representatives if they proceeded with their stand.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court declined to entertain a public interest litigation (PIL) requesting a directive that the inauguration be conducted by the President. The court, acknowledging the intention behind the petition, stated that it was not inclined to entertain the petition under Article 32 of the Constitution.
Overall, the situation revolves around the opposition parties’ decision to boycott the new Parliament building launch, the BJP’s counterattack, and the Supreme Court’s response to a related PIL.