Sengol Row; Shah Accuses Congress of Disrespect while Jairam Ramesh Cites Lack of Evidence
New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has accused the Congress party of disrespecting the ceremonial sceptre Sengol, which is set to be placed near the speaker's chair in the upcoming new Parliament building. In the midst of a heated exchange between the ruling and opposition parties regarding the inauguration of the new Parliament building, Shah urged the Congress to contemplate its actions. He strongly criticized the party's denial of the Sengol's significance as a symbol of the transfer of power from the British to India in 1947.
Expressing his dismay, Shah questioned the Congress party's apparent disregard for Indian traditions and culture. He highlighted that the sacred Sengol was bestowed upon Pandit Nehru by a revered Saivite Mutt from Tamil Nadu to commemorate India's freedom, but was unjustly relegated to museum status, considered nothing more than a "walking stick."
Shah took to Twitter to express his disappointment, stating, "Now, Congress has heaped another shameful insult. The Thiruvaduthurai Adheenam, a holy Saivite Mutt, itself spoke about the importance of the Sengol at the time of India's freedom." He emphasized the need for the Congress party to reflect upon its behavior and accused them of discrediting the historical significance of the Sengol by calling the Adheenam's history "BOGUS!"
In response, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh claimed that there is no documented evidence of Lord Mountbatten, C Rajagopalachari, and Jawaharlal Nehru referring to the Sengol as a symbol of the transfer of power from the British to India. However, Shah remained firm in his stance, asserting that the Congress party needs to acknowledge and respect Indian traditions.
The installation of the Sengol near the Chair of the Lok Sabha speaker will take place once the new Parliament building is inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday. However, the event is set to be boycotted by 20 opposition parties, including the Congress party.