The Constitutional Conundrum: President's Exclusion from Parliament Inauguration Sparks Controversy
A public interest plea has been lodged in the Supreme Court challenging the commencement of the new Parliament Building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The plea raises concerns about the exclusion of President Droupadi Murmu from the inaugural ceremony.
19 Opposition parties have declared their intention to boycott the inauguration, accusing the government of disregarding the President.
The petition argues that the President, as the foremost figure of India, has the authority to convene both Houses of Parliament as per Article 85.
The plea emphasizes the President's responsibility in appointing constitutional dignitaries such as Governors, Judges, and the Chief Election Commissioner.
The advocate presenting the petition argues that the absence of the President during the Parliament inauguration goes against the essence of the law.
The petition highlights the Prime Minister's appointment by the President.
The President is seen as the embodiment of the parliamentary institution and holds a prominent position in India.
The plea suggests that the inauguration without the presence of the President undermines the significance of the Parliament, which is the apex of legislative authority in the country.
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