“Secular”, “Socialist” Omitted from Constitution’s Preamble, Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Makes Grave Allegation

New Delhi: Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday made the grave allegation that the new copies of the Constitution presented to the MPs on the opening day of the new Parliament building, are not having the words “secular” and “socialist” in its Preamble.

“The Constitution with which we walked in the new Parliament building today, did not have the words secular and socialist in its preamble. If these two words are not present in the Constitution, then it is a worrying matter,” the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha said to news agency ANI.

Adhir Ranjan alleged that the intentions of the government were “problematic” and the changes were made very “cleverly”. He said that although he wanted to raise the issue in Parliament but wasn’t given a chance to do so.

The terms ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’ were inserted into the preamble as part of the 42nd Amendment of the Constitution in 1976.

Members of Parliament received a copy of the Constitution of India, books related to the Parliament, a commemorative coin and a stamp on the opening day of the new Parliament building on Tuesday.

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