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The advantages of Presidential system of democracy
All political parties should come clear on the sensitive issue of Presidential system of governance. Corporate houses have their vested interest in praising politicians as was witnessed in their projecting Narendra Modi as future prime minister.

MADHYA PRADESH chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan has rightly and timely suggested holding of simultaneous parliamentary and assembly polls while directly electing chief ministers and the prime minister as in USA. What is needed is a nationwide debate on this sensitive issue to know the merits and demerits of this system in Indian context. The issue has become very important in view of current political climate of manipulations and opportunistic alliances.

Earlier, senior Congress leader Vasant Sathe had also advocated the presidential system. The BJP should make it clear whether it endorses the views of Chouhan. The other political parties should also come clear on this sensitive issue. Academicians should also express their views through debate. Any solution may not emerge soon as Lok Sabha polls are going to be held soon. But a debate may help in the long run as it is expected that a hung Parliament will lead to mid-term polls in the next two years.

Another suggestion of Chouhan regarding rethinking on the need of post of Governors also needs countrywide debate. The founding fathers of the Constitution who has created the post of Governors must be weeping in heaven seeing the controversial role of the then Haryana governor GD Tapase in Haryana, Romesh Bhandari role in UP and others in Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand during the last three decades. Tapase had shamed the constitutional post by administering the oath of office of chief minister to Bhajan Lal despite the fact that Lok Dal and BJP alliance led by Devi Lal had a majority in the House, on the ground of being the single largest party.

Governors are appointed on political considerations. The then deputy prime minister Devi Lal used to publically claim that he got Dhanik Lal Mandal appointed as governor of Haryana. This issue also needs countrywide debate.

Chouhan has suggested that to check use of black money and money-laundering in elections, the government should bear the expenses of holding polls. The question may arise as to why the government should finance the elections at the cost of honest tax payers. Donations by corporate houses to political parties have become a necessary evil but transparency in donations must be ensured by giving donations through cheques. Corporate houses should not be allowed to influence policy decisions. Chouhan’s party chief, LK Advani should have avoided meeting corporate bosses.

Corporate houses have their vested interest in praising politicians as was witnessed in their recent praise of Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi, projecting him as future prime minister. It is for the people of the country to choose their representatives and not the right of corporate houses who please politicians cutting across party lines for getting favours. Leading industrialist, Sajjan Jindal, has come out with shocking revelations that half the expenditure of elections is born by industrial houses. He has rightly advocated making the process transparent through declaration by political parties to Election Commission regarding donation of more than Rs 10,000. God save the country when corporate houses play such a big financial role in the elections.

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