Insult to national symbol: TMC leaders attack Modi govt over Ashokan lions

Trinamool Congress MPs Jawhar Sircar and Mahua Moitra have accused the Modi government at the Centre of insulting the national emblem by installing an “aggressive” and “disproportionate” likeness of the Lion Capital of Ashoka on top of the new Parliament building in Delhi.

Taking to Twitter, Rajya Sabha MP Jawhar Sircar said, “Insult to our national symbol, the majestic Ashokan Lions. Original is on the left, graceful, regally confident. The one on the right is Modi’s version, put above new Parliament building — snarling, unnecessarily aggressive and disproportionate. Shame! Change it immediately!”

Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra tweeted a side-by-side image of the Lion Capital of Ashoka — comparing a past sculpture with the bronze and burnished cast installed on the roof of the new Parliament building, without adding anything in comment.

Earlier, TMC MP Jawhar Sircar said MPs, who will occupy this building, were never consulted, and alleged that “Modi will now zap us with a mediocre architecture designed by his crony architect at exorbitant costs”.

The government has come under fire from Opposition parties after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a cast of the national emblem atop the new Parliament building on Monday. The Congress, CPI(M) and the AIMIM criticised the inauguration by PM Modi, terming it a “violation” of the Constitution, which envisages separation of power between the Executive and the Legislature.

The BJP has fired back, saying the Opposition’s criticism was “politically motivated.”

PM Modi unveils 9,500 kg bronze National Emblem cast on new Parliament building | VISUALS


The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said the 6.5-metre-high emblem is made of bronze and weighs 9,500 kg. It has been cast at the top of the central foyer of the building, and a supporting structure of steel weighing around 6,500 kg has been constructed to support it.

The concept sketch and process of casting of the national emblem on the roof of the new Parliament building has gone through eight different stages of preparation from clay modelling and computer graphics to bronze casting and polishing, the PMO said in a statement.

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