Pranab Mukherjee’s Message on Democracy


Former President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday pitched for elevating the wide variety of Lok Sabha constituencies to 1,000 from the existing 543 and for a corresponding increase in Rajya Sabha’s power, arguing that India has a “disproportionately large size” of electorate for elected representatives.

Delivering the second Atal Vihari Vajpayee memorial lecture organised with the aid of India Foundation here, he stated the remaining time the electricity of Lok Sabha turned into revised changed into in 1977 which, he cited, was based to tall yon the 1971 census that placed the total populace at fifty five crore.

The population considering that then has extra than doubled, and there’s a “sturdy case” to put off the freeze in the delimitation exercise. It ought to be ideally expanded to 1,000, he added. On the occasion, he also hailed Vajpayee as a consensus-builder who worked to take any body a long side and referred to that people may have given robust majorities to unique parties for the reason that 1952 however over 50 in step with cent of them have never voted for one party.

“A numerical majority in elections offers you the proper to make a strong government. The lack of popular majority forbids you from a majoritarian government. That is the message and essence of our parliamentary democracy,” he stated.

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