The BJP on Friday hit out at the opposition for boycotting the ‘Constitution Day’ celebrations in the Central Hall of Parliament, calling it an insult to the chief architect of the Constitution, Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar.
Around 14 opposition parties, including Congress, Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena, NCP, DMK, RJD and Left, boycotted the ‘Constitution Day’ program in the Central Hall of Parliament, which was attended by President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
“14 parties including Congress, Left, TMC, RJD, SS, NCP, SP, IUML and DMK to boycott ‘Constitution Day’ celebrations in Central Hall. Congress leading a huge ruckus during Nehru’s birth anniversary celebrations This is an insult to Dr. Ambedkar,” tweeted BJP’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya.
Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said that the boycott is an insult to the Constitution of India. “This proves that Congress can only respect leaders of the Nehru family and no other leader including BR Ambedkar,” he said.
Earlier in the morning, the Prime Minister tweeted: “Greetings to our citizens on Constitution Day. On this special day, sharing a part of Dr. Ambedkar’s speech in the Constituent Assembly on 4 November 1948 in which he introduced a resolution for adoption The draft constitution was decided by the drafting committee.”
On Thursday, the Congress and several other opposition parties said they would boycott the Constitution Day celebrations.
Constitution Day is celebrated every year on 26 November to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of India. It was on November 26, 1949, when the Constituent Assembly of India adopted the Constitution of India. The Constitution of India came into effect on 26 January 1950.
The Modi government had declared in 2015 through a gazette notification that November 26 would be celebrated as Constitution Day.