Congress Takes 'Narendra Destructive Alliance' Jibe At NDA; Kharge To Attend Modi's Oath-Taking Ceremony

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge will be attending the ceremony in his capacity as the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

L: Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi | R: Congress Chief Mallikarjun Kharge Photo: PTI

Ahead of Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony, the Congress on Sunday took a swipe at the NDA leader and called him "the leader of the Narendra Destructive Alliance (NDA)".

Meanwhile, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge will attend Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi's oath taking ceremony on Sunday, the party said in a statement.

Earlier, Kharge had received an invitation for the ceremony.

Reports said the decision to attend the ceremony by Kharge has been taken after consulting with the INDIA-bloc partners.

BJP leader Pralhad Joshi called Kharge late on Saturday to invite him to the swearing-in ceremony of PM-designate Narendra Modi, news agency ANI reported citing sources.

TMC boycotts Modi's Swearing-In Ceremony

TMC has decided not to attend PM-designate Modi's swearing-in ceremony. TMC leader in the Lok Sabha, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, confirmed the decision. TMC chief Mamata Banerjee expressed doubts about the NDA government completing its full term.

Despite a personal invitation from BJP leader Prahlad Joshi, TMC chief Banerjee stated that the party would not participate.

Banerjee further expressed skepticism regarding the longevity of the NDA government, suggesting it may not complete its full term.

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh racks Sengol issue:

Meanwhile, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh raked up the Sengol issue, the scepter that PM Modi walked into the new Parliament building with.

Taking to X, Ramesh said, "Remember May 28th, 2023? It was the day that Narendra Modi walked into the new Parliament building with the Sengol for which a August 15th 1947 history was fabricated- to not only justify Modi's pretensions of being Samrat but also to appeal to the Tamil electorate."

The senior Congress leader said that he had exposed Modi's "fakery" that day itself, with the help of archival material.

"We now know the outcome of that drama. The Sengol remains a respected symbol of Tamil history but the Tamil electorate and indeed India's electorate has rejected Mr. Modi's pretensions," Ramesh added.

Reiterating what the grand old party said at its CWC meeting on Saturday, noting that Modi "has suffered a huge personal, political, and moral defeat". "He has been forced to bow to the Constitution that he has subverted in the last decade," he added.

The Congress general secretary said that "vastly diminished 'one-third' Prime Minister, now lacking all legitimacy, has managed to get himself sworn this evening, as the leader of the Narendra Destructive Alliance (NDA)".