‘PM must be from LS’
Leader of Opposition LK Advani on Thursday favoured a constitutional amendment to make it mandatory for the Prime Minister to be a member of Lok Sabha.
Advani, who recently asked many second-line BJP leaders who are members of Rajya Sabha to contest the Lok Sabha polls, said provision was necessary so that the office of the PM was not devalued. “In our system of parliamentary democracy, Lok Sabha is directly elected by the people and hence enjoys a more democratic profile than the Upper House,” he said.
“By convention, most prime ministers in the past were members of Lok Sabha… I am personally of the view that the Constitution should be amended to make it mandatory for the PM to be a member of the lower house,” Advani said at a press meet to mark the last day of the present House.
He also said the BJP would not give a ticket to anyone with a criminal background. Adding the BJP was not averse to welcoming Sharad Pawar-led Nationalist Congress Party into the NDA fold as mooted by Sena leader Manohar Joshi.
Denying any problems with the Sena, Advani said seat sharing had be discussed with the allies after changes caused by delimitation of constituencies. He said the 14th Lok Sabha would be remembered for many wrongs, “the foremost being a crippling devaluation of the office of the prime minister. What devalued this PM’s position further is that he was not in control of the UPA regime...”
The Delhi government may challenge a decision by the Delhi high court to scrap the contentious doorstep delivery of ration scheme, which was aimed at providing specific food articles to the homes of Public Distribution System beneficiaries. There are around 1.7 million ration card holders in the national capital who currently go to fair price shops to get the food articles they are entitled to.
Banihal/Udhampur/Jammu Hundreds of vehicles, stranded for four days, were allowed towards Kashmir on Friday night as one way was restored on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after freshly building a road stretch to replace the one washed away in flash floods, officials said. Senior Superintendent of Police national highway, Shabir Ahmad Malik said while all blockades were removed and traffic cleared, the major problem of washing away of the road patch at Dewal bridge near Samroli on June 21 took three-and-half-days to be cleared.
As part of our 'Walled City dictionary' series that explores the names of Old Delhi places. Despite being a mere courtesan, Anarkali dares Emperor Akbar with a spunky dance. Golcha cinema, in Daryaganj, is screening the digitally coloured version of the classic Mughal-e-Azam. The single-screen hall shut down six years ago (last movie screened was Kahani 2). Golcha came up in 1954. The theatre is now a ghost of its recent past.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has constituted a five-member high-powered panel for overall coordination of G20 meetings to be held in the union territory next year. Acting upon a communique from the Union ministry of external affairs dated June 4, the principal secretary to the J&K government, Manoj Kumar Dwivedi accorded sanction for the constitution of the five-member panel.
The National Investigation Agency on Friday conducted searches at multiple locations in Punjab in the last year's Jalalabad bomb blast case. The NIA conducted searches at 6 locations in the districts of Ferozepur, Fazilka and Tarn Taran and digital devices (mobile phones, SIM cards, memory cards, DVRs) , ammunition and other incriminating documents/materials were seized.