Indian opposition parties boycotted the inauguration of the new Parliament building.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new Parliament building in the capital New Delhi on Sunday – a decision that has prompted at least 19 opposition parties to boycott the event.
In a joint statement, the national and regional parties said that Indian President Draupadi Murmu should inaugurate the new parliament. He has accused Modi of sidelining the country’s first tribal chief.
The President of India is an indirectly elected, non-party executive who has only ceremonial powers but is considered the country’s first citizen and is the highest constitutional authority.
The statement issued by the opposition parties said that "Prime Minister Modi’s decision to inaugurate the new Parliament building himself by completely ignoring President Murmu is not only a grave insult but a direct attack on our democracy that needs to be answered.
He said that when the spirit of democracy has been removed from the Parliament, we do not see any importance of the new building. We announce our collective decision to boycott the inauguration.