Govt must honour voters’ trust: President on Republic Day eve

  • HT Correspondent HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 26, 2015 03:55 IST

Ahead of Parliament’s Budget session beginning next month, President Pranab Mukherjee Sunday said that the government needed to honour the trust of voters who freed the country’s governance from the compulsion of coalition.

Asking it to use its majority for formulating policies and making laws to implement those policies, the President reiterated his concern about enacting law without discussion.

In his address on the eve of the 66th Republic Day, the President quoted Mahatma Gandhi to underscore that religion should not become a cause of conflict. “The violence of the tongue cuts and wounds people’s hearts,” Mukherjee said.

“The voter has played his part; it is now up to those who have been elected to honour this trust. It was a vote for clean, efficient, effective, gender-sensitive, transparent, accountable and citizen-friendly governance,” he added.

Already having expressed his disapproval of the ordinance route to enact law, Mukherjee reiterated there could be no governance without a functioning legislature, which reflected the will of the people.

“Enacting laws without discussion impacts the law-making role of the Parliament. It breaches the trust reposed in it by the people,” he said. The President remarked that freedom inherent in democracy sometimes generates an unhappy by-product when political discourse becomes a competition in hysteria that is abhorrent to our traditional ethos.

Maintaining that multi-nation conflict has converted boundaries into bloodlines, and turned terrorism into an industry of evil, Mukherjee also warned that terrorism and violence were seeping across our borders.

“Repeated violations of the ceasefire along the Line of Control and terrorist attacks must get an integrated response through incisive diplomacy and impregnable security mechanisms,” Mukherjee said. He said achieving 5% plus growth rates each in the first two quarters of 2014-15 was a healthy sign for an early reversion to the high growth trajectory of 7-8%.

Mukherjee also called on every Indian citizen to take a pledge to protect the honour of women.

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