With the NDA government at the Centre having successfully got the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill passed in Parliament, Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has added to the clamour that states must have a say in judicial appointments.
Badal, thus the SAD, is the second after Tamil Nadu’s ruling party AIADMK to make the demand. The SAD is a partner in the BJP-led central government. However, Badal said whenever the bill would come for adoption in the Vidhan Sabha, it would give its nod. After Parliament, the NDA government needs nod from at least 15 state assemblies to pass this law.
Reiterating his oft-repeated stand that states should have an equal say in a federal structure, Badal responded to a question: “Yes, indeed the states must have a say in judicial appointments.
Earlier, they used to listen to states, but this time they did not; and just junked recommendations of chief ministers.”
The AIADMK has demanded commissions similar to that at the central level for state-level appointments too.
“I don’t know about the mechanism, but at least at the state level the state governments must have their say,” Badal said at the premises of the Patiala Bar Association, where he campaigned for SAD’s Patiala assembly bypoll candidate Bhagwan Dass Juneja.
Asked if the SAD has taken up the matter with the BJP, SAD MP Prem Singh Chandumajra they had done that.