Govt should stick to the Constitution, says President

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 12, 2015 01:18 IST

President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday inaugurated the conference of governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan and emphasised on maintaining peace and communal harmony and strict adherence of constitutional order.

In a message to the ruling establishment, Mukherjee pointed out that the Constitution guarantees liberties, freedom and equality. “Any deviation from the principles and provisions in the Constitution would weaken the democratic fabric of the country and jeopardise the social, economic and political well-being of our citizens,” he said.

Even as he dwelled on issues ranging from development of Northeast to skill development, Mukherjee told Governors and Lieutenant Governors that their “primary responsibility” is to ensure that states are run strictly in accordance with the letter and spirit of Constitution. “Prevalence of peace and communal harmony must be ensured,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present at the inauguration of the conference.

Last month, US President Barack Obama had remarked before New Delhi that “India will succeed so long as it was not splintered along the lines of religious faith”. President Mukherjee’s latest comments are also seen as a part of his conscious decision to maintain a ‘vocal’ presence. Mukherjee had earlier cautioned the government on pushing too many ordinance and aggressive speeches.

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