Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated India’s new parliament building amid protests and boycotts.

Most opposition parties did not participate, saying they wanted the president instead of Mr Modi to open the building.

During the ceremony, some of India’s top wrestlers were detained when they tried to reach the new parliament to protest.

The new building has replaced the British-era parliament.

Ceremonies leading up to a formal inauguration began at 07:00 (02:00 GMT) on Sunday.

Mr Modi unveiled a plaque dedicating the building to the nation and later addressed a gathering of lawmakers.

“This is not just a building. It is a reflection of the aspirations and dreams of 1.4 billion Indians. This is the temple of our democracy and it’s giving the message of India’s determination to the world,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi, the leader of the main opposition Congress party, tweeted that Mr Modi was treating the parliament inauguration as a coronation ceremony.

Source: BBC