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A blatant violation of Constitution

In our democracy, there is more of corruption than freedom. Politically powerful people exploit every opportunity to their benefits. The post of Governor is constitutionally a non-partisan position but in real practice Governors work as tools of the party in power at the Centre. They do not hesitate to sacrifice the Constitution of India to please their mentors at the Centre.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 18:56 IST

In our democracy, there is more of corruption than freedom. Politically powerful people exploit every opportunity to their benefits. The post of Governor is constitutionally a non-partisan position but in real practice Governors work as tools of the party in power at the Centre. They do not hesitate to sacrifice the Constitution of India to please their mentors at the Centre. Recently, the Governors have come out openly to violate the constitution.

Governor of Bihar - Buta Singh is the most recent and a blatant violator of the Constitution of India. His indictment by the Supreme Court of India speaks volumes. To please his bosses in Delhi, he even subverted the Constitution by 'fanciful assumptions' to block formation of government in Bihar by NDA components. The Supreme Court has declared that the Government's action was "drastic and extreme" and in total violation of the Constitution of India, which is not only shameful, it is criminal. Since the Governors enjoy total immunity, they misuse their powers with impunity.

While for Governor Buta Singh there is no moral or legal ground to remain in his post, we have to ensure that no more such precedents are created by partisan Governors, who are a menace to our democracy. As the Sarkaria Commission had recommended, we should have an all-party agreement and commitment to evolve a National Policy to appoint persons of high moral standing, integrity and ability, totally free from political affiliation, as Governors.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 18:56 IST