Patwa urges for ending dispute among constitutional institutions

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Bhopal, Oct 23 (UNI) Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunderlal Patwa today called for ending dispute among three constitutional institutions -- Lokayukta, State Information Commission and Vidhan Sabha.

Mr Patwa told reporters here today that public respected these institutions and dispute among them was unhealthy for democracy.

Evading questions related to the dispute, he said behaviour of those heading these organisations should be in tandem with their posts.

On the government's role in resolving the dispute, he asked how could the government take action against such institutions that controlled government functions.

However, he said, any wrong laws enacted by the government for these organisations could be challenged. But this would hurt public confidence.

On whether he would urge the Governor to intervene, Mr Patwa pointed out that the Governor's post was also constitutional.

''While rise and decline in public support to political organisations was natural and impermanent, decline in public confidence in constitutional institutions was a matter of concern, as it caused irreparable damage,'' he opined.

He said several other thinkers besides him had been hurt because of the dispute.

The Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker had recently sent a breach of privilege notice to the Lokayukta, Justice Ripusudan Dayal, and four others after registration of a corruption-related case against two Vidhan Sabha officers.

Besides the breach of privilege issue, the Lokayukta is embroiled in another controversy on the issue of jurisdiction with the State Chief Information Commissioner.


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