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Congress not in favour of Presidential system

Written by: Staff

New Delhi, Nov 20 (UNI) The Congress Party today expressed itself against the suggestion of a top BJP leader favouring Presidential system of governance to overcome the purported demerits in the existing Parliamentary system in the country.

"We do not agree with this suggestion," AICC Spokesman Satyavrat Chaturvedi told mediapersons, reacting to the observation of Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj that in the Parliamentary system, the country is headed by a Prime Minister, who is incapable of mustering support within his own Parliamentary constituency.

"Everyone has the right to express his views," he said, while pointing out that the conduct of the BJP had proved that it had no faith in Parliamentary democracy.

In an artcle in "Samadhan," a special supplement of Kamal Sandesh, a publication brought out by Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Trust, Ms Swaraj, who is the deputy leader of the BJP in Rajya Sabha, said a leader in the Parliamentary system fails to strike a direct rapport with the people.

On the forthcoming Winter Session of the Parliament beginning on November 22, Mr Chaturvedi said the Congress party was willing to debate on any issue that may be permitted by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha under the rules and procedures of the Houses.

He appealed to all political parties, especially the BJP-led Opposition, to make the forthcoming session a "working and useful" one by facilitating discussion on the issues of people.

Indirectly hinting at the frequent disruptions to the Parliament proceedings by the Opposition on various issues during the last Monsoon Session, Mr Chatuvedi said political rivalry was there in the political system but when it comes to the problem of the people, it should get priority over all other issues in the Parliament.

Referring to the Parliament march being organised by the BJP in November to highlight the lapses in the internal security, he said " we are also concerned about security as much as the BJP." On the reports that the BJP might move of no-confidence motion against the Manmohan Singh government, he said the ruling UPA would face any such move.

When a reporter sought his reaction on the reported statement of Railway Minister Lalu Prasad that he was the no.one minister in the Union Cabinet, Mr Chaturvedi said he had not seen any such statement. "Everyone has the right to claim credit for himself." However, it was for the Prime Minister to decide who is no. one or two. "All ministers in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet are performing well," he added.

Asked about the reported statement of former External Affairs Minister K Natwar Singh daring the Congress party to expel him from the party, Mr Chatuvedi said the matter was now before the Disciplinary Action Committee (DAC) of the party.

However, Mr Singh had been saying something or the other from time to time. "They do not warrant our comment. We don't take his utterances seriously," he said.


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