18 parties boycott joint parliamentary session to commemorate Constitution Day 

Opposition parties boycotted the joint parliamentary sitting to commemorate the Constitution Day on Tuesday. Instead they all congregated at the statue of BR Ambedkar in Parliament gardens to protest against the attempt by the BJP to form the government in Maharashtra by poaching NCP MLAs.

A total of 18 parties participated in the event including Congress, Shiv Sena, Trinamool Congress, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and Indian Union Muslim League among others. This is the first Opposition event attended by the Shiv Sena.

Beginning with Congress president Sonia Gandhi reading out the Preamble of the Indian Constitution, representatives of all parties read out portions of the statute. Nearly 15 Congress MPs and 10 each from the Trinamool and the DMK read out from the Constitution. The readings were made in Bengali, Malayalam, Hindi and Urdu.…