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“Pretty damn impressive…” Omar Abdullah praises new parliament building

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) : Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Thursday praised the new Parliament building terming it “pretty damn impressive”.

In a tweet, Omar Abdullah said, “Setting aside the brouhaha about the inauguration for a moment, this building is a welcome addition. The old Parliament House has served us well but as someone who has worked there for a few years, a lot of us often spoke amongst ourselves about the need for a new & improved parliament building. Better late than never is all I’ll say & this one looks pretty damn impressive.” PM Modi will dedicate the new Parliament building to the country on May 28.

Meanwhile, slamming the opposition parties’ call for boycotting the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, several leaders and activists from Jammu and Kashmir on Friday extended support to the inauguration while also describing the opposition’s decision as “childish and trivial”.

Socio-political activist Adil Hussain said, “The new parliament building is the temple of democracy. It is a very proud thing for all of us, for all Indians including the Opposition. In the last 70 years, we did not have such leadership. If you see the ratings worldwide, Prime Minister Modi’s rating is 78 whereas US President Joe Bidden’s rating is only 43. The Opposition has expressed issues but we do not think that this is such a big issue. Politics should not happen on this.”

Meanwhile, Ghulam Nabi Azad’s party Democratic Progressive Asad Party (DPAP) spokesperson, Firdous, said, “This is not such a big issue as the Opposition has been portraying. This is simply childish behaviour by the opposition parties. This new Parliament building has a vision. It is a great move by PM Modi to inaugrate the Parliament. An agenda should not be made out of this.”

He said that the inauguration should be welcomed with “open arms” and disrespecting the Prime Minister by boycotting the event is not right.

“As a spokesperson of the party, I believe the inauguration should be welcomed with open arms. After all, he is our Prime Minister. Disrespecting the Prime Minister is not right. We must respect the move. Earlier Prime Ministers including Rajiv Gandhi also inaugurated the building in the Parliament. This is not new,” the DPAP spokesperson added.



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