Rama Krishna Sangem
Good that President Draupadi Murmu has spoken on the controversy surrounding her being not allowed to inaugurate the new parliament building on May 28, Sunday. The building was opened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, instead.
As many as 21 opposition parties have boycotted the inauguration ceremony that spanned day including installation a Sengol, a 1947 era vintage relic, a symbol of good governance. Another 25 parties including BJP took part in the event, while PM Modi termed the new parliament building is not just a structure but matter of pride for a new India. Ironically, President Murmu became the centre of the controversy.
We at Excel India, wrote a story on our website on Sunday urging the president Murmu to speak out on the issue. I said in the story that if Murmu is silent now, a historian or a biographer in future may create a controversy involving Murmu on the issue. We tagged the story to Rahstrapathi Bhavan twitter handle.
“PM symbol of elected government”
President Murmu, in her message, which was read out by Rajya Sabha vice-chairman Harivamsh, said: “The Constitution makers envisaged a nation run by democratically elected representatives of the people of India..I am deeply satisfied with the symbol of faith in parliament.. the Prime Minister of India is inaugurating this parliament”. These words are enough to know the mind of of President Murmu.
Normally, President of India’s customary speeches – like the address to joint session of parliament etc, are cleared by the Union Cabinet. But, this is not a customary occasion so this message must be drafted by the President herself. We at Excel India appreciate President Murmu for courageously wading into the topic of controversy. Of course, she sided with the Centre, but cleared the air on the issue.
That she is not unhappy over PM Modi inaugurating the new parliament building.