A video depicting the length and breadth of the New Parliament Building, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28, has been released. The new triangular-shaped complex will be nearly identical to the existing complex. PM Modi shared the first glimpses of the structure in a tweet.
The caption of the post read: “The new Parliament building will make every Indian proud. This video offers a glimpse of this iconic building. I have a special request- share this video with your own voice-over, which conveys your thoughts. I will re-Tweet some of them.”
The main function of the inauguration is expected to begin at noon on Sunday, with the Prime Minister, former Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh, and others in attendance.
The inauguration ceremony will begin early Sunday morning with a havan and a multi-religious prayer, followed by Prime Minister Modi’s formal opening of the Lok Sabha chamber. The havan will take place in front of the Parliament Building.
The Lok Sabha chamber will have 888 seats, while the Rajya Sabha chamber will have 384 seats. It will not have a central hall, unlike the current parliament building. In the event of a joint session, the Lok Sabha chamber will be able to accommodate 1,272 members. The remaining four floors will house ministerial offices and committee rooms.
The new structure will also include a ‘Sengol.’ It is a historical sceptre made in Tamil Nadu and inspired by the Chola Kingdom era ‘Sengol’ for transferring power from one ruler to another, which was given to the first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru by the British to represent the transfer of power and will be installed in the new Parliament building to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28.
Twenty opposition parties will not attend the ceremony on Sunday, while 25 parties will be present, including 18 NDA constituents and seven non-NDA parties. The new Parliament building is being constructed alongside the current Parliament building. The new complex is triangular in shape and has a built-up area of approximately 65,000 sq mt.