Shashi Tharoor: Country moving towards the rule of one person

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Published: April 28, 2017 11:06:55 PM

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday said that India was moving towards the rule of one person. Shashi Tharoor said that the country was currently witnessing a presidential form of government in its parliamentary system

shashi tharoor congress, shashi tharoor presidential rule, india presidntial riule, shashi tharoor congress, congress mp shashi tharoorSpeaking at a book launch event, Tharoor said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the only deciding force in everything and every decision was being taken by his office, according to the PTI. (Reuters)

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor on Friday said that India was moving towards the rule of one person. Shashi Tharoor said that the country was currently witnessing a presidential form of government in its parliamentary system – he was elaborating on ‘scope of a presidential form of government in India. Speaking on this, the senior leader said that the presidential form of government was required to check it. Speaking at a book launch event, Tharoor said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the only deciding force in everything and every decision was being taken by his office, according to the PTI.

Tharoor said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was taking all the decisions with the bureaucrats and alleged that even the ministers in his cabinet had no idea what was going on. Speaking to the audience present at the event, he claimed that the Indian government had been functioning in a manner consistent with a Presidential form of government where one person took all the decisions. “The country is moving towards the rule of one person…and we need the presidential form of government to check it,” PTI quoted Tharoor as saying.

The senior Congressman added that under a presidential system, the people voted for one person who they wanted to govern the nation, but in such a scenario, it was not necessary to elect his party’s representatives, he added. He said that if the opposition parties’ have representatives, they could keep a check on the elected President as he would be requiring their support to pass any legislations. It must be noted during the discussions about the demonetisation scheme announced by the Prime Minister, in parliament, Congress leaders had alleged that the PM had taken the decision without the knowledge of his cabinet.

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