Many Opposition parties to boycott Constitution Day function in Parliament

New Delhi: After the Congress reached out to like-minded parties stating that the administration was not upholding the Constitution, 14 opposition parties have chosen to boycott the celebration on Constitution Day. On Friday, the President and Prime Minister will speak at a reception in the centre hall.

"Many around the world believed that Indian democracy would not survive after Independence, yet here we are because of the Constitution that ties us "we the people of India"; no one should ever be permitted to dilute, weaken, or fail our Constitution," stated Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill.  Not just the Congress, but even the NCP, have decided to skip the event. The NCP's Majeed Memon stated, "The BJP wants to commemorate Constitution Day in Central Hall with solemnity and reverence for India's Constitution. It's a farce to do so when they don't follow through on it on the ground."

On this, the Congress has contacted the opposition parties. Trinamool Congress, the Left, the Samajwadi Party, the RJD, the Shiv Sena, the IUML, the DMK, the NCP, and others followed suit.  The opposition claimed that the Centre was not only violating the Constitution, but also mocking it by circumventing Parliament and failing to reach a consensus on subjects.

On Friday, President Ram Nath Kovind will be the chief guest at Parliament House's Central Hall on Constitution Day. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will also speak to the crowd.

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