The Vice-President “does not attend such functions held at the Central Hall of Parliament as a matter of convention,” the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said today, responding to a report in Parliament on the November 14 function. The day was marked by the birth anniversary of the country’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, and was marked with a wreath-laying ceremony at the Central Hall.
The Congress had alleged that no senior minister, Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu or Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla was present on the occasion. .
November 14 is the birth anniversary of the country’s first Prime Minister and every year a wreath is laid at his portrait at the Central Hall of Parliament.
Congress chief whip in the Rajya Sabha Jayaram Ramesh tweeted: “Extraordinary sight in Parliament today for the traditional birth anniversary of those whose portraits adorn the Central Hall. The Speaker of the Lok Sabha is absent. The Chairman of the Rajya Sabha is absent. Not a single Minister is present. Could it be more brutal ?!”
“It has been said that the Vice President of India never attends such functions held at the Central Hall of Parliament and it was misleading to suggest that Vice President Shri M Venkaiah Naidu skipped the function yesterday,” the Rajya Sabha Secretariat said. Says
“These misleading reports have caused deep sorrow to Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, who was out of Delhi yesterday, paid tribute to the late former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and the same was reported by the media,” the statement added.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has said that whenever he is in Delhi, he attends such events. He has attended similar events in 2019 and 2020. Yesterday, he was in Jaipur to attend an official function.
Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien responds to Jayaram Ramesh’s remarks. “Nothing surprises me anymore. This system is going to destroy India’s great institutions, including Parliament, one day,” he tweeted.
After the picture of Nehru was lost from the poster for the huge Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Congress called on the government earlier – a huge celebration planned for the 75th anniversary of Independence Day.