The thought to assemble a brand new Parliament constructing was initially proposed by the PV Narasimha Rao authorities, however “on account of varied causes” it was put in “chilly storage”, DPAP chief Ghulam Nabi Azad mentioned as we speak.
“But now, a brand new Parliament constructing has been constructed, and that could be a good factor,” Mr Azad mentioned amid 19 opposition events, together with his former occasion Congress, saying a boycott of the inauguration of the brand new Parliament constructing by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
He ended his almost five-decade-long affiliation with the Congress final yr and shaped the Democratic Progressive Azad Party (DPAP).
Asked for his remarks on the Opposition’s boycott, he informed reporters that “so far as the brand new Parliament constructing is anxious, I haven’t got to touch upon which occasion takes half within the inauguration of the brand new constructing and which boycotts it”.
“I cannot say something on this. It is as much as to these within the Parliament to take part or boycott it,” Mr Azad mentioned.
“The thought to assemble a brand new Parliament constructing emerged throughout the tenure of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao in 1991-92, with Shivraj Patil serving because the (Lok Sabha) speaker and myself because the parliamentary affairs minister,” he mentioned.
Mr Azad mentioned at the moment, “we developed the constructing plan and had in depth discussions, and we then debated with the prime minister the need of developing a brand new and bigger parliament constructing”.
“However, on account of varied causes, the proposal was despatched to chilly storage. But now, a brand new parliament constructing has been constructed, and that could be a good factor,” he mentioned right here.
Mr Azad mentioned the rationale behind the development of a bigger Parliament constructing is to accommodate extra MPs in case the variety of parliamentary seats enhance sooner or later.
“There will likely be no enhance within the variety of seats till 2026, contemplating that the inhabitants has elevated five-fold because the elections held in 1952. However, after 2026, the seats will should be augmented to account for the inhabitants progress,” he defined.
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