PPDA – A Save Sonia campaign

via HK Correspondent published on March 23, 2006

Indians need to hang their heads in shame. After going through some of the worst episodes in a democratic system of governance during the emergency, we now have this new law. 

Barely days after the disqualification of Jaya Bachan on grounds of holding offices of profit, has the Congress political weapon boomeranged on them? Now the government is designing autocratic and anarchic laws to protect the members and supporters of the Gandhi dynasty. 

We have seen how the successive Congress governments have from time to time brought in laws to protect their governments when they have been cornered. But this is probably the biggest show of defiance to our executive and judicial systems.  

The Parliament Prevention of Disqualification Act will provide the handle to the UPA government to protect the seats of Sonia Gandhi, Karan Singh and even the speaker Somnath Chatterji. The government proposes to bring an amendment to an earlier act of 1959 to include new officers and new posts to be excluded from the preview of the law. This is simply a draconian amendment to simply save a couple of MP’s that could invariably tilt the UPA’s fortunes. 

And invariably an ordinance is being brought to make the amendments pass. What is the hurry for it? The left that had approved of Jaya’s ouster is suddenly silent.  

Are our laws so flexible? Can successive governments change our constitutions in which ever manner they please? What happens to Jaya Bachan now? Will her portfolio also be included from the PPDA list? Will the amendments also include the right of foreigners to enter the Parliament and hold higher offices? Will corruption tainted minister be prevented from holding offices?

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