LOK SABHA member and senior CPM leader Basudev Acharya has said that the Indian Constitution should be amended so that both Houses of Parliament are given powers to ratify any major shift in policy by the government.
Acharya, who was talking to the media at the Indore Press Club today, said this in the context of the recently signed Indo-US nuclear deal, by which there has been a major shift in India’s foreign and nuclear policy. He said that in the US both the Senate and the House of Representatives are required to ratify any government policy before it can be implemented, but there is no such provision in the Indian Constitution. This should be changed, he said.
Acharya spoke out against various policies of the UPA Government, like the unnecessary hike in petroleum prices, importing wheat at Rs 1,000 per quintal and paying only Rs 700 to Indian farmers, selling off profit making PSUs, changes in the Public Distribution System, which he felt should be made universal and failure to adequately invest in agriculture sector that was forcing farmers to commit suicide, etc.
However, when asked why the Left was not withdrawing support from the government if they were so unhappy, he said that it was due to their pressure that the government had been forced to make many, what he termed, pro-people changes in its policies.
Asked whether the Left would be able to better serve the people if they sat in the Opposition benches like the BJP, Acharya said, they had proved to be a better Opposition to the government than the BJP. However, he said that for the Left both the BJP and Congress were the same, only the BJP had a communal agenda, which was anathema to them.