Twenty opposition parties have announced they will boycott the inauguration of the new parliament building by the prime minister on Sunday, while 17 other political parties have said they will attend the ceremony. In a joint statement, leaders of 19 parties led by the Congress alleged that by ignoring President Draupadi Murmu from a “significant occasion”, the government has “undermined the spirit of inclusion” that says the country will have its first woman tribal president. celebrates”. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance, comprising 14 parties, said in a joint statement, “We unequivocally condemn the contemptuous decision of 19 political parties to boycott the inauguration”. The NDA said, “This act is not only deplorable but also a gross insult to the democratic values and constitutional values of our great nation.” The Congress and other opposition parties are giving two arguments for boycotting the ceremony: one, not inviting the President for the inauguration is an insult to the office of the constitutional head, and second, ignoring Draupadi Murmu is an insult to the tribals. The answer should be to explain why the Congress governments had not invited the President when such occasions had arisen in the past. Was it not an insult to the office of the President? Was it not an insult to the office of the Governor when the Legislative Assembly buildings were inaugurated by the Chief Ministers? As Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar himself inaugurated the Bihar Vidhan Sabha building. Tarun Gogoi as CM, Hemant Soren as CM, K Chandrasekhar Rao as CM and YS Jagan Mohan Reddy did the same in Assam, Jharkhand, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh respectively. The governor was not called anywhere. Were these incidents not an insult to the constitutional heads? I think, by inaugurating the assembly buildings, the chief ministers did not insult the governors or did any wrong thing. Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said an interesting thing two days back. In a democracy, the head of the legislature is either the Prime Minister at the Center or the Chief Minister in the states, he said. That’s why this debate is useless. As far as the insult of tribals is concerned, was it not an insult to a tribal when the opposition fielded Yashwant Sinha against Draupadi Murmu during the presidential election? Can anyone say that Congress is against tribals? I think, whenever there is a historical moment, when it comes to the prestige of the country, political parties should rise above petty interests. Politically, I think, there are two main reasons behind the opposition making the new Parliament House a contentious issue. One, blind opposition to Modi. All parties who feel uncomfortable with Modi will continue to do so in the name of opposing the PM till the end of 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Two, there is no new affection for the president in these parties. Their leaders know very well that the inauguration of a building has nothing to do with the Constitution. They know that it was Modi who elected a tribal woman as the President. The opposition parties are taking the name of the President to incite the sentiments of the tribals. If you look at their statements carefully, you will know that while Modi made a tribal President, we find it an insult to a woman tribal President to ignore him in the inauguration ceremony. After all, it is a political game. This is part of the strategy to surround Modi before the 2024 elections. People will continue to hear such voices for the next one year. But I think it is not good for democracy to boycott the inauguration ceremony of the new parliament building just for the sake of blind opposition to Modi and tribal votes. This is a historic moment for our country. It would be better if all political parties join this program and confirm to start new traditions in new parliament building where only work will be paramount, better use of parliament time and public money will not be wasted on non-issues . This could have been possible, had the general elections not been held next year. So far, the prospects are dim.
Demand to remove ban on Hijab in Karnataka:
The new Congress government in Karnataka has said it will consider lifting the ban on Muslim girls wearing ‘hijab’ in schools and colleges, following Amnesty India’s demand to lift the ban. In a series of tweets, Amnesty India on Tuesday said the Karnataka government should “take three priority actions for human rights, including the immediate revocation of the ban on women wearing the hijab in educational institutions”. In its second demand, Amnesty India has sought review of the Prevention of Slaughter and Protection of Cattle Act and the Karnataka Protection of Right to Freedom of Religion Bill, 2022. It has demanded that cow slaughter should be allowed in the state and Hindus should be converted. also be allowed. Senior Karnataka minister G. The government will consider lifting the ban on wearing the hijab in schools and colleges, Parameshwara said. We will see what best we can do, he said. Now we have to fulfill the five promises made to the public. All these three issues are very sensitive. The Supreme Court is already hearing a petition filed against the hijab ban after the Karnataka High Court struck down the ban as constitutional. There has already been a lot of politics in Karnataka on these three issues, but Chief Minister Siddaramaiah is refraining from commenting on such topics. However, he has directed police officers to put a stop to “moral policing and saffronisation”. Another minister Priyank Kharge said all decisions related to “ethical policing” will be reviewed and action will be taken if any organization violates the laws, even if it is the RSS. This comment by Priyank Kharge, son of Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, is definitely going to create controversy. As far as fulfilling the election promise of ‘five guarantees’ is concerned, the people of the state will have to be patient. It is a good thing that both CM and Deputy CM are saying that all decisions will be taken after careful consideration. Let us all wait.
Girls toppers in Civil Services Exam:
Good news for all. Girls have given a tremendous performance this time by securing top four positions in the UPSC Civil Services Examination. Topper Ishita Kishore is a resident of Bihar. She lives in Greater Noida. Her father an IAF officer passed away, and her mother who worked in the Air Force took care of the family. Second in the list is Garima Lohia, whose family lives in Buxar, Bihar. IIT alumnus Uma Harathi N. At number three, she hails from Hyderabad, Telangana, while Smriti Mishra from Noida stood fourth. Ishita Kishore graduated from Delhi University’s Shri Ram College of Commerce and stood first in her third attempt. Garima Lohia is a commerce graduate from Kirori Mal College, University of Delhi. Parsanjeet Kaur from Poonch, J&K stood 11th and her father is a pharmacist in the state health department. It makes us all proud to see our girls winning the Civil Services Exam. I met Ishita Kishore on Wednesday. Her thought process is clear, and she has amazing communication skills. His passion to serve the country is commendable. I told them, whenever I go to the award function of any college of any institute, at least 70 to 80 percent girls stand in line to receive the award. Such passion is now reflected in the results of civil services as well. Listening to Ishita, I feel that in our society, daughters are always on the alert, they have to face challenges at every step and to see them win is a big deal for them.
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