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Need to fill loopholes in anti-desertion law: Naidu | India News

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NEW DELHI: Underscoring the need to tighten the anti-desertion law, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said Saturday that if the gaps in it are not plugged, “we will be making fun of democracy.”
He also warned that people will lose faith in the political establishment unless urgent and collective measures are taken to clean up the system and promote clean policies.
Delivering the third Atal Bihari Vajpayee commemorative lecture organized by the Indian Foundation in Hyderabad, Naidu lamented the absence of values-based policies, the lack of ideology, the hunger for power, muscular and monetary power, and the entry of people with backgrounds criminals in politics. they led to violence in the political arena.
“Unless these undesirable trends are controlled, the situation will deteriorate further and cause irreparable damage to the country’s politics,” he warned according to the text of his speech.
Calling attention to how the anti-desertion law has become ineffective, Naidu emphasized the need to make it stricter and more effective.
Noting that defection matters cannot remain undecided for long periods, he suggested that it be mandatory for presidents to resolve defection matters within three months. “We will scoff at democracy if we don’t fix the loopholes in the anti-desertion laws,” observed Naidu, also the president of Rajya Sabha.
According to PRS Legislative Research, the anti-desertion law seeks to prevent political defections that may be due to rewards in office or other similar considerations.
The Tenth Schedule was incorporated into the Constitution in 1985. It establishes the process by which legislators can be disqualified for desertion by the president of a legislature at the request of any other member of the House.
The vice president considered that all political parties should put an end to the “politics of convenience” and practice the “politics of conviction” and the “politics of consensus” as demonstrated by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
He also called on political parties to avoid populism and prioritize long-term development.
Expressing dismay at the influence of the 4Cs (cash, caste, criminality, and community) on Indian politics, he appealed to the people to elect their representatives on the basis of other 4Cs: character, conduct, caliber and ability.
Naidu stressed that it is the duty of all political parties to ensure that their members, including legislators, maintain ethical conduct at all times and in all places. He also called on legislators to raise the bar on debates, follow the standards, avoid rebellious behavior and always stick to 3D – discuss, debate and decide – avoid “D 4” – interrupt.
Speaking on the theme of this year’s conference, “Building a Democratic Consensus – The Vajpayee Way,” Naidu said that Vajpayee, consensus was not a convenient political tool, but a central element of his convictions. His consensual approach made him widely acceptable across the social and political spectrum, the vice president added.
This consensual approach enabled him to successfully lead a grand coalition to its full term in an era of unstable coalition governments.
Naidu described Vajpayee as the “father of coalition practices” in India. However, Vajpayee’s ability to forge consensus did not necessarily mean compromise all the time, Naidu said.
He cited the example of Vajpayee’s second term as prime minister in 1999 when he refused to budge under pressure from a coalition partner and sacrificed his government.
Calling Vajpayee ‘vikas purush’, Naidu said that despite leading a coalition government, he successfully overcame all obstacles and paved the way for the country’s socio-economic transformation.

Times of India

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