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India ministers, Modi’s BJP hail installation of sceptre ‘Sengol’ in new parliament building

The historical sceptre from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu will find a place in the new parliament building to be inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi on May 28, said home minister Amit Shah.

The picture (tweeted by Indian home minister Amit Shah) of a golden sceptre ‘Sengol’ to be installed by Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in the country’s new parliament building on May 28, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Installation of the sceptre ‘Sengol’ in India’s new parliament building will be a historic movement for India as it will serve as a reminder of the responsibility to uphold righteous governance for the nation, The country’s federal ministers and leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party said on Wednesday (24).

Home minister Amit Shah earlier in the day announced that the historical sceptre from the southern state of Tamil Nadu will find a place in the new parliament building to be inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (28).

In a tweet in Tamil, he said, “The ‘scepter’ represents the symbol of fair and equitable administration. It will shine near the dais of the Lok Sabha Speaker as a national symbol of Amrita era. It will witness the new India taking its rightful place in the world.”

The sceptre was received by India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru to represent transfer of power from the British and was kept till now in a museum in Allahabad (now Prayagraj) in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.

“A historic moment for India! Witness the history as the sacred Sengol takes (installed at) its place in the new Parliament building by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reminding us of the responsibility to uphold righteous governance for the nation,” Indian minister for transport and highways Nitin Gadkari said in a tweet.

Hailing the government’s decision, environment minister Bhupender Yadav also said it would be “a historic moment for India” when the Sengol is installed in the new parliament building by Modi.

“Witness PM Narendra Modi install the sacred Sengol, a piece of India’s national history gifted by priests from Tamil Nadu on the eve of India’s independence in 1947, in the new Parliament on May 28,” he said.

Indian minister of women and child development Smriti Irani said the presence of the Sengol in Parliament will inspire to realise the hopes and aspirations of the countrymen in a fair and just manner.

Fellow minister Kiren Rijiju, who recently took charge of the earth sciences minstry, described Sengol as a symbol of India’s “cherished past and values” and said its presence in the new Parliament building will guide the nation towards a prosperous future.

Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya said the installation of Sengol will deepen India’s connect with the rich past and glorious culture, and also inspire he future generations.

He called it a “watershed moment” in the history of independent India. BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra said the Sengol embodies the values of justice and fair rule.

“The sacred Sengol embodies the values of justice and fair rule, blessed by revered Priests from a leading Saivite Mutt in Tamil Nadu. By adopting the Sengol as the symbol for Amrit Kaal in the new Parliament, PM Narendra Modi establishes a lasting connection to our national history and reinforces a commitment to the rule of law for generations to come,” Patra tweeted.

(With PTI inputs)

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