‘Prez should Not Approve Ordinances’

Published: 25th December 2014 05:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th December 2014 05:54 AM   |  A+A-

NEW DELHI: Taking strong exception to the NDA government’s move to issue ordinances on insurance and coal block allocation, the CPM on Wednesday urged President Pranab Mukherjee not to approve ordinances in “grave violation” of Parliamentary proceedings.

In a letter to the President, CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said the government was seeking to take recourse to the ‘Ordinance Route’, particularly on two important Bills -raising FDI ceiling in Insurance and on coal block allocations. This is because the government could not muster a majority in the Rajya Sabha.

Maintaining that the report of the select committee on Insurance Bill is property of the House, Yechury said that unless the Rajya Sabha deliberated on the report, the issuance of an Ordinance would be a grave violation of the sanctity of Parliamentary proceedings.

CPM leader said that taking recourse to such an ‘Ordinance Route’ under these circumstances would be a clear violation of our established Parliamentary Democracy.

“I am sincerely requesting you to intervene in order to ‘nip in the bud’ such tendencies which may result in imposing an authoritarian manner of parliamentary functioning. This would be completely antithetical to the letter and sprit of our constitutionally established Parliamentary Democracy,” Yechury said in the letter.

“The President of India is the custodian of our Constitution in whom is vested the executive power of the union (Article 53),” he said.

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