29 September, 2020

Disadvantage Rao

Disadvantage Rao

WHEN Home Minister S.B. Chavan stepped into the portals of Rash-trapati Bhavan on March 19 to meet the President, he did so with a certain trepidation. Even though the ordinances seeking reservations for Dalit Christians and reducing the campaign period had been despatched 48 hours ago for the President's assent, the signals received in the meantime were not positive.

Even before Chavan could finish impressing upon the President that the Government was unable to legislate due "to reasons beyond its control", the President wondered about the "legal and constitutional propriety of promulgating the ordinances so close to the general elections.'' According to sources in Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President "neither withheld assent to the ordinances nor sent them back to the Government", but merely communicated his views to the home minister.

Only a day before, Opposition leaders had petitioned the President to rethink on the ordinances. Atal Behari Vajpayee stressed on the "misuse of ordinance-making powers" of the...



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