President Pranab Mukherjee warns Narendra Modi govt against dangerous ordinance habit

By: | Updated: January 20, 2015 9:19 AM

With the Modi government opting for ordinances 8 times in as many months, President Pranab Mukherjee has cautioned against 'ordinance route'....

Narendra Modi, Pranab MukherjeePresident Pranab Mukherjee has cautioned Narendra Modi-led government against the “ordinance route” as it cannot be taken, should not be taken for normal legislation

With the Modi government opting for ordinances eight times in as many months, President Pranab Mukherjee cautioned against the “ordinance route” being taken for normal legislations.

Ordinances are meant for specific purpose “to meet an extraordinary situation under extraordinary circumstances”, the President said citing the Constitution.

Amidst talk that the government may convene a joint session of Parliament to pass legislations in view of the deadlock in the Rajya Sabha where it does not have a majority, Mukherjee said passage of legislations in that manner “is not practicable because I have seen from 1952 till today only four times laws were passed by joint session”.

“Ordinance route cannot be taken, should not be taken for normal legislation,” he said replying to a question whether frequent resort to ordinance follows the spirit of Constitution.

The remarks of the President, who was answering questions during an address to Central varsities and research institutions, come against the backdrop of the Modi government having issued eight ordinances including those for raising the FDI limit in the insurance sector and e-auctioning of coal mines.

The President had recently called three senior ministers including Arun Jaitley and raised questions over the urgency of the ordinance relating to acquisition of land. However, he later gave assent to it.

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