Centre to Launch Rs 75 Coin to Commemorate New Parliament Inauguration
Written by Sanjay Kumar
The Ministry of Finance has issued a notification stating that the Centre will introduce a special Rs 75 coin to commemorate the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28. The coin will have a circular shape with a diameter of 44 millimetres and will be composed of a quaternary alloy, consisting of 50 per cent silver, 40 per cent copper, 5 per cent nickel, and 5 per cent zinc.
According to the notification, the face of the coin will feature the Lion Capitol of Ashoka Pillar at the center, with the inscription ‘Satyameva Jayate’ below it. The word ‘Bharat’ in Devnagri script will be placed on the left periphery, while the word ‘INDIA’ in English will be on the right periphery. On the reverse side of the coin, an image of the Parliament complex will be displayed. The upper periphery will bear the inscription ‘Sansad Sankul’ in Devanagari script, and the lower periphery will feature the words ‘Parliament Complex’ in English.
On Wednesday, 19 opposition parties, including the Congress, Left, TMC, SP, and AAP, jointly announced their decision to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They expressed the view that a new building holds no value when the essence of democracy has been undermined.
In their joint statement, the 19 parties stated, “Prime Minister Modi’s decision to inaugurate the new Parliament building by himself, completely sidelining President Murmu, is not only a grave insult but a direct assault on our democracy which demands a commensurate response.”
The parties declared their collective decision to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament building and emphasized their commitment to continue fighting against what they perceive as an ‘authoritarian’ prime minister and his government. They vowed to convey their message directly to the people of India through their actions, words, and principles.
When questioned about the opposition’s boycott, Home Minister Amit Shah stated that the government had extended invitations to all political parties, and their responses would be based on their discretion. He further remarked that the event, which involves the installation of ‘Sengol,’ a historical sceptre from Tamil Nadu symbolizing the transfer of power from the British, should not be intertwined with politics.
The government of India has invited everyone to attend the inauguration, and each party will make its decision accordingly, Shah expressed during a press conference in response to the boycott call.
Pralhad Joshi, the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, regarded the opposition parties’ decision as unfortunate and appealed to them to reconsider. He described the act of boycotting and exaggerating a non-issue as highly regrettable. Joshi urged them to reconsider their stance and participate in the event.
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