Senior Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram took a jibe at the inauguration of the new Parliament House by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and termed it PM’s “personal project”.
“The inauguration of the new Parliament House is a personal project of the PM,” Chidambaram told ANI.
“The idea was to open the parliament house as a personal project of the honourable Prime Minister. The Constitution says in article-79 that there are three constituents of the Parliament. One is the President other is the Lok Sabha, third is Rajya Sabha,” Chidambaram added.
Questioning the functioning of the Parliament in a free and fair manner, the senior Congress leader said, “Whether the building will open or not is not important. Whether parliament will be open to a free discussion, to free debate, to defending views and to the opposition voice– these have to be seen when the session of Parliament begins.”
He further accused the government of not inviting President Droupadi Murmu for the inauguration of the new Parliament House.
“The Parliament shall consist of the President and two houses of the Parliament. So there are three constituents of the Parliament. One is the President, other is the Lok Sabha, third is Rajya Sabha. By keeping the President away and by keeping nearly all the opposition parties away, I think they have violated article 79,” Chidambaram told ANI.
Responding to the debate on ‘Sengol’, Chidambaram said, “Let’s wait and see what happens in 2024. The BJP got some roots in Karnataka but they were uprooted. The BJP has not yet planted its root in Tamil Nadu and I don’t think they will ever gain roots in Tamil Nadu.”