February 2, 2023
BJP Government Reduced Parliament To Notice Board, Rubber Stamp: Shashi Tharoor

The present authorities has decreased Parliament to a discover board, rubber stamp, Shashi Tharoor mentioned.


The BJP authorities has efficiently decreased Parliament to a “notice board and a rubber stamp”, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor alleged on the Jaipur Literature Festival at the moment.

During a session titled “Sustaining Democracy; Nurturing Democracy”, he claimed that tightening the already stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) in a means that stored folks like Siddique Kappan in jail for 2 years with out bail is among the some ways the present dispensation has “managed to depart from the democratic spirit of the Constitution”.

The authorities has been in a position to take “a lot of autocratic steps without ever having to declare an emergency”, the Thiruvananthapuram MP alleged, including, “You can call this an undeclared emergency.”

“They did it under the ambit of the law and Constitution. Look at something like the tightening of the UAPA which has resulted in people getting thrown into jail without charge and bail in some cases for two years like the instance of Siddique Kappan,” Mr Tharoor mentioned.

He added that such incidents result in questions on “whether our Constitution is too easily subverted in an undemocratic way”.

Kerala-based journalist Siddique Kappan was arrested in October 2020 whereas on his option to Hathras in Uttar Pradesh the place a Dalit girl had died after allegedly being raped. He and three others had been accused of getting hyperlinks with the now-banned Popular Front of India.

The Supreme Court granted him bail in that case in September final 12 months however he continued to be in jail due to the cash laundering case filed by the Enforcement Directorate. In December, the Allahabad High Court granted him bail within the cash laundering case.

At the sixteenth version of the literature pageant, replying to a query about Parliament’s capability to carry the federal government accountable, Mr Tharoor mentioned, “Under (Jawaharlal) Nehru, we had a parliament in which even ruling party members could challenge their prime minister, the minister of finance was forced to resign over a scandal exposed by backbenchers and we saw the prime minister held accountable to Parliament even during the 1962 China war.”

“Today, I am sorry to say… our government has successfully reduced the parliament to a notice board and a rubber stamp. It is a notice board for the government to announce whatever it wants to do and it is a rubber stamp because their crushing majority obediently passes every bill in exactly the form it comes from the cabinet,” he mentioned.

Mr Tharoor additionally famous that in “most of the first seven decades, except the aberration of the emergency, democracy deepened in the country”.

“You saw democratic institutions acquire more power, more vigour. Look at the Election Commission. You saw a commission that had more formal authority than ever been exercised by the earlier incumbents and actually becoming a rather formidable instrument that controlled the political parties and their behaviours,” he added.

Touted because the “biggest” literary pageant on the planet, Jaipur Literature Festival 2023 will host a few of the world’s greatest thinkers, writers and audio system over the following 5 days.

Among the 250 audio system throughout some 240 periods, together with music live shows, are Booker Prize winners Bernardine Evaristo, Marlon James and Geetanjali Shree, moreover writer Amia Srinivasan, academician David Wengrow, MP Varun Gandhi, and Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani.

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