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No more statues and portraits in Parliament

Last Updated: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 09:58

New Delhi: A decision has been taken to disallow further installation of statues and portraits in the Parliament to maintain its neat and spacious look.

A high powered committee of Parliament headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has recommended that no more statues could be installed in Parliament in future holding the view that it is already over-crowded with high profiled figures.

The Committee on Installation of Portraits, Statues of
National Leaders and Parliamentarians in Parliament House
Complex, has in its recently held meeting took the stand for
"no more statues in Parliament House."

However, there is a caveat. In rare cases, the
permission for the same could be given but in such cases
proposals would have to be sent to the Heritage Committee of
the Parliament and it could go further only after the
committee`s nod.

This committee also comes under the jurisdiction of
the Speaker and is responsible for maintaining the heritage
character of Parliament.

Sources in the Speaker`s office said it was decided to
involve the Heritage Committee in the whole process because it
looks after the structure of Parliament.

Finance Minister Pranab Mukherji, senior BJP leader
LK Advani and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury were also present
in the meeting, and they were of the opinion that Parliament
House is over-crowded with statues, a source told PTI.

The committee decided in the meeting that only a
symbolic unveiling of the portraits would be allowed and after
that the portrait would be handed over to the Parliament

It was a long pending demand from many quarters.
Former Speaker P A Sangma had also supported the idea but due
to some political constraints, could not proceed further, the
sources said.

At present, there are more than 50 statues and
portraits of national and regional leaders in Parliament.

Former Speaker Somnath Chatterji had announced a ban
on installing new portraits in the Central Hall of Parliament
in 2004 itself and started a new portrait gallery in the
library building of Parliament for this purpose.

Sources said the committee has, however, not taken any
decision on the pending proposals of installing
portraits/statues including that of TDP founder N T Ramarao,
which have already been approved by the General Purpose


First Published: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 09:58
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