29 September, 2020

What Are His Options?

What Are His Options?

THE term 'hung Parliament' is being used rather loosely to describe a situation in which no party secures a clear majority in the Lok Sabha. Article 79 lays down that Parliament comprises the President and the two Houses—the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha. The general elections affect the composition of only one constituent—the Lok Sabha.

Also, to label the new Lok Sabha as 'hung' would be premature as it would be so only if and when it fails to throw up any government and it becomes necessary to dissolve it and seek another mandate. The mere fact of no single party securing an absolute majority in the Lok Sabha may be no ground for viewing either the Lok Sabha or Parliament as 'hanging' or 'hung'.

It seems there was a design behind the prospect of 'hung Parliament' being bandied about throughout the electoral process. The strategy perhaps was to instil a fear of instability, break-up of the nation, chaos and much worse, in the people so as to bring them to their knees to vote for the ruling government and the leader who promised to...



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