H D Deve Gowda, leader of the Janata Dal-Secular and former prime minister, announced on Thursday that he would be there for the May 28 inauguration of the new Parliament building in New Delhi, claiming that it is a national asset that was financed by tax dollars.
The JD-S patriarch questioned whether the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh were responsible for their decision to skip its inauguration.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to officially open the structure.
“I’m there for the new Parliament building’s dedication. It is the nation’s property. Nobody’s personal life is involved, Gowda said.
At the JD-S introspection meeting held in Bengaluru in the wake of the Karnataka Assembly election results, he emphasised that the country’s programme is more important than anyone’s personal agenda.
“The nation’s taxpayers paid for that wonderful building to be constructed. It is a national asset. It is not a BJP or RSS office, he added, adding that as a former prime minister and citizen of the nation, he is taking part in the inauguration of the new Parliament building.