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SP MP Calls for Constitution to Replace Sengol, BJP Reacts 

SP MP Calls for Constitution to Replace Sengol, BJP Reacts 

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Samajwadi Party MP RK Chaudhary has ignited controversy by demanding that the Sengol, a historic scepter, be replaced with the Constitution in the Lok Sabha. This demand has provoked a backlash from the BJP and other NDA allies.

In a letter addressed to pro-tem Speaker Bhartruhari Mahtab, Chaudhary described the Sengol as an “anachronistic symbol of monarchy” in a democratic India. He elaborated on his stance, saying, “Sengol means ‘Raj Dand’. It also means ‘Raja ka Danda’. After ending the princely order, the country became independent. “Will our nation be governed by ‘Raja ka danda’ or the Constitution? I insist that Sengol be removed from Parliament to uphold the Constitution.”

The Sengol, which was installed in the Lok Sabha during the inauguration of the new Parliament building last year, symbolizes the transfer of power from the British to Indians. Chaudhary’s remarks have drawn significant criticism from the BJP. Party spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla questioned, “If it was a symbol of monarchy, then why did the first Prime Minister Nehru accept it? Was he accepting that symbol and monarchy?” Poonawalla further accused the Samajwadi Party of being “hell-bent” on insulting an integral part of Indian and Tamil culture.

Amid the escalating controversy, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav commented on the situation, suggesting that Chaudhary’s remarks might be aimed at highlighting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s actions. Yadav noted, “I think our MP might be saying that because when it (Sengol) was installed, the PM had bowed before it. “He might have forgotten it during his oath-taking… When the PM omitted to bow before it, perhaps he desired something else,” as quoted by ANI.

The debate over the Sengol reflects deeper tensions about the symbols and practices that represent India’s democratic values. Chaudhary’s demand to replace the Sengol with the Constitution underscores a call for reaffirming the principles of democracy and the rule of law. Meanwhile, the BJP’s defense of the Sengol highlights its cultural and historical significance.

This controversy opens a broader discussion about how historical symbols are perceived and their place in contemporary India. The Sengol, with its rich historical context, continues to evoke strong emotions and differing opinions on its relevance in modern parliamentary proceedings. As the debate unfolds, it remains to be seen how these symbols will be reconciled with the evolving democratic ethos of the nation.

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