According to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Sengol symbolizes the transfer of power from the British to India. It draws parallels to its historical use during the Chola dynasty in Tamil Nadu, where it represented the transition of power from one king to another I Photo: @amitmalviya / Twitter

Historically significant 'Sengol' will be installed in new Parliament building: Shah

Sengol, a historical sceptre from Tamil Nadu, which was received by first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to represent transfer of power from the British and was kept in a museum in Allahabad will be installed in the new Parliament building to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Wednesday.

Shah said the purpose of the installation was clear then and even now.

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He said that the transfer of power is not merely a handshake or signing a document and that it must remain connected with local traditions keeping in mind modern needs.

“Sengol represents the same feeling that Jawaharlal Nehru felt on August 14, 1947,” he said.

The Home Minister said that new Parliament building is an example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s far-sightedness.

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He said the Prime Minister will honour 7,000 workers (shram yogis) on the inauguration.

Shah said invitations for the inauguration of the new Parliament Building were sent to all political parties who were free to act according to their wisdom.

(With agency inputs)

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