PM inaugurates new building, installs Sengol; the first phase concludes
On Sunday Prime Minister Narendra Modi installed the ‘Sengol‘ near the Lok Sabha Speaker’s chair in the new Parliament building ahead of the inauguration.
After the ‘puja’ and ‘havan’, the Prime Minister received the historic ‘Sengol’ from the Adheenams’ seers and then installed it inside the new Parliament building near the Lok Sabha Speaker’s Chair. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla accompanied the Prime Minister.
PM Modi then took the ‘Sengol’ and walked towards the new Parliament House with the Adheerams of several Mutts from Tamil Nadu to install it in the new building. Modi was accompanied by Speaker Birla to the new building.
After installing the historic ‘Sengol’, PM Modi along with Birla unveiled the plaque to mark the inauguration of the new Parliament building.
While inaugurating the new Parliament Building, PM Modi bowed down before the historic ‘Sengol’ amid Vedic rituals and then placed it the near Lok Sabha Speaker’s chair
PM Modi arrived in Parliament premises and offered floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi. He then along with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla participated in the puja for the inauguration of the new building.
The inaugural ceremony began with an early morning havan. Representatives of 25 political parties and many dignitaries, including chief ministers and ministers, are expected to attend the inauguration.
The Prime Minister also felicitated the workers, who were involved in the construction and development of the new Parliament building by giving them shawls and a momentos.
PM Modi then along with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and Cabinet ministers attended a ‘Sarva-dharma‘ (all-religious) prayer ceremony at the new Parliament building. Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, S Jaishankar and Jitendra Singh, chief ministers of several states and BJP president J P Nadda were also present on the occasion.
Twenty Opposition parties, including the Congress are boycotting the inauguration of the new four-storey Parliament House.
The new Parliament building has a built-up area of 64,500 square metres and can seat 888 members in the Lok Sabha chamber and 300 in the Rajya Sabha chamber.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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