Bengaluru (Karnataka) : Amid a boycott call by the opposition parties, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda on Thursday said that he will attend the inauguration ceremony of the new Parliament building on May 28.
“I am attending the inauguration of the new building of Parliament. It is the property of the country,” Deve Gowda said. The Janata Dal (Secular) leader, who had come to participate in the party’s introspection meeting said that it is not anyone’s personal program but of the whole country.
“That magnificent building is built with taxpayers’ money. It belongs to the country. It is not the office of the Bharatiya Janata Party or RSS. As a former Prime Minister and a citizen of the country, I will attend the opening ceremony of the new Parliament building,” he added.
Deve Gowda said that he does not want to drag politics into the country’s matters.
“I have many reasons to oppose BJP politically. I do not like to bring politics in the matter of opening the Parliament House. I have been elected to both houses of Parliament. I have performed duty there in the constitutional framework and am still a member. I have worked to protect the values of the Constitution,” he added.
Notably, the Centre has received a confirmed list of 25 political parties, including some which are not a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), that will participate in the inauguration ceremony of new Parliament building on May 28.