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Congress’s irrational opposition to Central Vista

Updated: September 17, 2022 11:57 am

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently unveiled the Netaji statue and inaugurated the revamped Central Vista Avenue in Delhi. The new-look stretch covers lawns on either side of Rajpath — now renamed as Kartavya Path — from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, covering around 101 acres. A new triangular Parliament building, a shared Central Secretariat, renovation of the three-kilometer Rajpath from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate, and new residences for the prime minister and vice president are all part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, which is the country’s power corridor.Recently, the Congress made a big deal out of this endeavour. It’s interesting to note that Jairam Ramesh ( a twitter friendly leader of the party)  himself had supported the development of a new Parliament building in 2012. When his party was in power back in 2012, Jairam Ramesh said, “We really need a new Parliament building. This one is obsolete and simply not usable. The hypocrisy of the Congress is demonstrated by the fact that on July 13, 2012, the Secretary of Urban Development received a communication from the office of the then Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar outlining the shortcomings of the current Parliament building and the urgent need for its replacement.Then, Congress was in power. Sadly, a few Congressmen feign collective amnesia today. How odd that a project that the Congress regime backed in 2012 is now being criticised without any justification! When Rajiv Gandhi was prime minister from 1985 to 1989, Chintamani Panigrahi, a minister of state in the ministries of home affairs and defence, fiercely advocated for a new parliament building. This was 35 years ago. Therefore, it is totally unacceptable for the Congress to reverse course and engage in petty politics at this point.

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