Constitution Day: Prime Minister Modi will address the 80th conference of presidents today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the presidents of the Indian legislative bodies during the Constitution Day celebrations, officials said.
Modi’s speech at the 80th conference of presidents takes on importance, as the theme of the event is the harmonious relationship between the three branches of the state: legislative, judicial and executive.
The prime minister is expected to speak about defending constitutional rights and values and also about how elected representatives should behave.
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With political parties and activists increasingly banging on court doors to challenge public policy and legislation, the relationship between the legislative branch and the judiciary has taken a new turn. While elected representatives often hold a grudge for overreaching the judiciary, courts have in the past detained administrators or governments for failing to do their part.
At the inauguration on Wednesday, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said that the recent ban on firecrackers and the car cessation imposed in Delhi had sparked a debate about judicial overreach and how “from time to time, concerns have been raised about whether (the judiciary) they were entering the domains of the legislative and executive branches ”.
This is the first time that the Speaker of any of the Houses of Parliament has commented on this issue. Naidu is the president of Rajya Sabha.
Lok Sabha chairman Om Birla said that “differences in institutions have emerged in the path of democracy” and stressed that the three bodies have “sufficient powers” to function. He stressed the “coordination” between the three wings, saying that they all have a job to protect public interests.