Monday, December 16, 2013

The Jan Lokpal Bill Is Testing The Legitimacy Of Indian Parliament- Praveen Dalal

No time the legitimacy of Indian Parliament was questioned so much as in the present times. Illegal and unconstitutional projects like Aadhaar are operating without any legal framework and essential laws like Lokpal Bill are still pending enactment. Even the Supreme Court of India has held that Aadhaar card cannot be made compulsory for availing public services in India. But the defective policies of Indian government are still forcing such projects without analysing their long term consequences.

Now legal experts like Praveen Dalal have expressed that Parliament to Retain Its Respect and Legitimacy Must Pass Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2011 today. He also believes that the proposed Lokpal Law must also be supported by a Whistleblowers Protection Law of India.

It is a “Do or Die” situation for both Congress and BJP and they cannot afford to be “Indifferent” any more. Congress and BJP have to show their commitment towards people of India by passing the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2011 in the Rajya Sabha. Otherwise, the Respect and Legitimacy for Parliament of India and Political Parties like Congress and BJP is in “Real Danger”, opines Dalal.

This sad situation has not arisen on a single day but due to decades of indifference on the part of Indian government and Indian Parliament. Not only this, the very purpose of Parliament of India is in question. What is the Purpose and Use of a Parliament if it cannot pass appropriate and required Laws? Why a tragedy is always needed to wake up Indian Parliament? Do we have Separation of Powers in India any more? Is Indian Government really interested in making CBI Autonomous and Independent?

Anna Hazare is already on fast to get the Jan Lokpal bill passed and his health condition is deteriorating day by day. Indian Parliament cannot afford to postpone the proposed Jan Lokpal bill anymore as people of India are not only angry but their patience is also wearing out.