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Virendra Singh Rawat / Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath today slammed the opposition for objecting to the scheduled inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28.

Lamenting the opposition’s stand, Yogi termed it as “irresponsible” and one which will weaken democracy. He said the day, May 28, will be recorded as a glorious moment in the history of independent India.

“Under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the new Parliament, a symbol of India’s democracy, will be dedicated to the country. It will be a proud moment for the nation,” he added.

The kind of comments and statements being made by the opposition parties on the issue were extremely sad and irresponsible, he said, adding India is the world’s largest democracy and known as the ‘mother of democracy.’

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given a new identity to India…the whole country is watching this attempt of the opposition to denigrate his efforts,” he added.

Justifying the new Parliament, Yogi said it conformed to the present-day demands. “It is built for the next 100 years and is a fusion of tradition and modernity. It has been built with a visionary approach, ensuring that every parliamentarian has adequate space and access to amenities.”

He pointed out then PM Indira Gandhi had inaugurated the Parliament Annexe and former PM Rajiv Gandhi had laid the foundation of the Parliament Library.

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“The country will never accept the opposition’s attempts to degrade the historical significance of witnessing this momentous event. We would appeal to people to witness and participate in this glorious moment with a call to strengthen India’s democracy,” he underscored.

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