Union Home Minister says that the ‘Sengol’ given to former Prime Minister Pandit Nehru was banished to a museum as a ‘walking stick’
Hitting out at Congress and some other opposition parties over their decision to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament building, Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday termed the move as “cheap politics” and said people had elected Narendra Modi as Prime Minister with huge majority twice and he will become the PM for the third time by winning over 300 seats in 2024 polls.
Lashing out at Congress and opposition parties, Amit Shah said they are making an excuse that President should inaugurate the new Parliament building. He cited several examples from opposition-ruled states where Governor was not invited to “bhoomi pujan” functions concerning state assemblies.
“The people of the country gave a two-thirds mandate and made Modiji PM. The people give their verdict, it is not dependent on the wishes of Congress. This is democracy. The people gave mandate for PM Modi but Congress and its royal family is not prepared to accept the verdict for nine years,” Amit Shah said.
“Nothing will happen with your boycott. The blessings of the people are with Narendra Modiji. The entire country wants that in the building of New India, there is a new temple of democracy. There is a discussion on the building of New India in new Parliament,” he said.
“What you are doing, 130 crore people of the country are watching. In the next elections, when you go to seek mandate…you have lost the status of opposition, next time you will not win this much seats. PM Modi will become Prime Minister for the third time winning over 300 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections,” he added.
Training his guns at the grand old party, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the ‘Sengol’ given to former Prime Minister Pandit Nehru was banished to a museum as a ‘walking stick’. Shah in a series of tweets questioned and asked why Congress hates Indian traditions and culture. “Why does the Congress party hate Indian traditions and culture so much? A sacred Sengol was given to Pandit Nehru by a holy Saivite Mutt from Tamil Nadu to symbolize India’s freedom but it was banished to a museum as a ‘walking stick’,” Tweeted Shah.
He further said that Congress needs to reflect on its behavior as the Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam, a holy Saivite Mutt, spoke about the importance of the Sengol at the time of India’s freedom. “Now, Congress has heaped another shameful insult. The Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam, a holy Saivite Mutt, itself spoke about the importance of the Sengol at the time of India’s freedom. Congress is calling Adheenam’s history BOGUS! Congress needs to reflect on their behavior,” read his tweet.
While, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that there is no documented evidence of Mountbatten, Rajaji and Nehru describing this scepter as a symbol of the transfer of British power to India. “All claims to this effect are plain and simple — BOGUS. Wholly and completely manufactured in the minds of a few and dispersed into WhatsApp, and now to the drum-beaters in the media. Two of the finest Rajaji scholars with impeccable credentials have expressed surprise,” read his tweet.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a decision to adopt the Sengol as a national symbol of the Amrit Kaal. The new building of Parliament will witness the very same event, with Adheenam (Priests) repeating the ceremony and vesting the PM with the Sengol. The same Sengol from 1947 will be installed by the Prime Minister in the Lok Sabha, prominently close to the Speaker’s podium. It will be displayed for the nation to see and will be taken out on special occasions.
Meanwhile, BJP National President JP Nadda said, “What connects most parties which are boycotting the inauguration of the new Parliament building?”
Nadda further said, “The answer is simple- they are dynasty-run political parties, whose monarchic methods are at loggerheads with the principles of republicanism and democracy in our Constitution. Those parties which are boycotting the Parliament’s inauguration lack any commitment to democracy because their sole aim is to perpetuate a select group of dynasties.”
“These dynastic parties, particularly the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, are unable to digest the simple fact that the people of India have placed their faith in a man hailing from a humble background. Elitist mindsets of dynasts are preventing them from logical thinking,” read his tweet.