Soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Parliament building in New Delhi, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) tweeted a photo of the new parliament building and a coffin, indicating a similarity.
RJD is one among the 20 parties who boycotted the event.
Posting photos of a coffin and the new building, the RJD tweeted: “What is this?”
Speaking to news agency ANI, RJD leader Shakti Singh Yadav said, “The coffin in our tweet is a representation of democracy being buried. The country will not accept this. Parliament is the temple of democracy and it is the place to have discussions…”
This drew a flurry of hate comments online and an angry response from the BJP.
“A case of treason should be registered against such people who have compared the new Parliament building with a coffin,” ANI quoted BJP leader Sushil Modi as saying. His party colleague Dushyant Gautam told ANI, “This is very unfortunate. Today they are comparing it with a coffin, were they comparing the old Parliament with ‘zero’? We were earlier sitting in zero.”