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Shashi Tharoor favours Presidential form of government in India

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New Delhi: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Monday favoured the Presidential form of government in the country, adding but it should be “customised in a way that it preserves the rich diversity of the nation and also the democracy.”

While giving his speech at the launch of Bhanu Dhamija’s book “Why India Needs The Presidential System,” he said looking at the present system of polity and governance in the country it would be a good idea to start the debate of having a presidential form of government in the country.

The parliamentary system has demonstrated some flaws and the time has come to look for an alternative. The alternative was always there on the table but now is the time to start discussing and debating it.

 

He said nationalist leader like Jawaharlal Nehru had thought of this idea much before, but the discussions got lost later in the chaos of the successive coalition governments.

The fundamental flaws of the parliamentary form of government have become more apparent in the successive coalition governments in the past 25 years.

Tharoor batted for creating a system wherein a “chief executive” of constituencies can be elected directly by people and “they should be held accountable for the ‘governance business’ after a given point of time”.

 

I am not saying that we should adopt the presidential system as it is in the US. We can work on it and make it even better and a one more practical for country like India.

He said the election of Narendra Modi as the prime minister “constantly reminds me of the need of the presidential form of government”, adding “I had a belief in the parliamentary form of government till Modi was elected as the Prime Minister”. (IANS)(Picture Courtesy:mid-day.com)

 

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Minister to be appointed for issues related to diaspora: Shashi Tharoor

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New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj assured Congress leader Shashi Tharoor that there will be an immediate appointment of Union Minister of state with independent charge and a full time secretary to look into all the matters of the diaspora.

In a press statement issued here on Saturday, Tharoor, the chairman of the External Affairs Committee of parliament and Lok Sabha member from Thiruvananthapuram, said the new development took place at a meeting in Delhi.

“Kerala had raised strong objections when it was decided by the Narendra Modi government to merge the ministry of overseas Indian affairs (OIA) with that of the ministry of external affairs (MEA),” Tharoor said.

Sushma Swaraj has assured that very soon, a minister of state with independent charge and a full time secretary would be appointed to look into all issues of the Indian diaspora, especially in the Middle East, he said.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had taken up the merger issue last month with Modi and Sushma Swaraj.

The first Congress-led UPA government under then prime minister Manmohan Singh had formed the overseas Indian affairs ministry headed by Kerala leader Vayalar Ravi.

A recent study on the Kerala diaspora said 90 percent of Kerala’s 23.63 lakh diaspora were in various Middle East countries, of which the UAE accounted for 38.7 percent, followed by Saudi Arabia with 25.2 percent.(IANS)

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