Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Sunday demanded that PM Narendra Modi explain the rationale behind constructing a new Parliament building when “half of India is hungry due to coronavirus pandemic triggered the loss of livelihoods”.
Likening the proposed construction of the new building to the Great Wall of China, Kamal Haasan said “thousands of people died during its construction” but the rulers said it was necessary to protect the people.
“Who will the new Parliament building, being constructed at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore when half of India is hungry due to the coronavirus pandemic triggered the loss of livelihoods, protect?” tweeted Kamal Haasan.
“Answer honourable elected Prime Minister,” he said hours before kick-starting the first phase of his campaign for the Assembly polls from Madurai in southern Tamil Nadu. Makkal Needhi Maiam leader Kamal Haasan has been extremely critical about the plans to build the new Parliament complex.
The new Parliament building is estimated to be built at a cost of Rs 971 crore and the foundation stone was laid by the Prime Minister on December 10. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a new Parliament building on December 10. He also performed the ground-breaking ceremony for the structure, which is expected to be completed by 2022.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of the new Parliament building today at an event which will be attended by leaders from various political parties. PM Modi will also perform the ground-breaking ceremony for the building, which is expected to be completed by 2022 at an estimated cost of ₹971 crore. The function will be attended by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Pralhad Venkatesh Joshi, Hardeep S. Puri, Harivansh Narayan Singh.
The new building is an intrinsic part of the vision of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ and will be a landmark opportunity to build peoples’ Parliament for the first time after independence, one which will match the needs and aspirations of ‘New India’ in the 75th anniversary of independence in 2022.
Source: India Today