Timing of President's advice to Governor's raises questions

February 14, 2014 11:46 AM

 It is intriguing that every time Aam Aadmi Party Government in Delhi comes out with its agenda to implement, the President of India Mr. Pranab Mukherjee takes an opportunity to express his views on the constitutional role of government functionaries. Is his advice on various issues reflects his concern over the arising situation or he is toeing the line of ruling Congress party?

At a time when Delhi Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal had sat on dharna demanding to shift control of local police to the state government, many of his critics described him an anarchist. The President had in his address on Republic Day had warned against anarchy in the political system.

A day before when Kejriwal was about to bring Jan Lokpal bill in the state assembly despite opposition by Congress and BJP and for that matter also by Lt Governor of Delhi Mr. Mukherjee has asked Governors to ensure that state governments act according to the Constitution while safeguarding the interests of the state and the nation's pluralistic character is not tarnished in any manner.
Mr. Mukherjee has told the "Governors have to ensure that state governments act according to the Constitution while safeguarding the interests of the state. This is the unique responsibility of a Governor as they represent the Centre in the State and the State at the Centre," he said at the conference which is being attended by 26 Governors and three Lt Governors.

The questions may be raised at the timing of piece of advice every time the President of India gives. There was strong reaction to the President's statement on the definition of anarchist as he probably hinted at the behavior of Kejriwal. The nation debated the issue but majority view was against the President's point of view. What Kejriwal has been doing is very much in the domain of democracy. One can ask question the President why he is silent on the hooliganism of Members of Parliament who sprayed chilly spray and it led to pandemonium in the Lok Sabha. Is this not anarchy.

What should bother the President is misuse of the office of Governor by ruling parties to snub the democratically elected state governments. One dominating point of view is that the post of Governor shall be abolished. The nation must debate the issue.

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