With the Congress expected to name the new leader of the House in the Lok Sabha in the immediate future, speculation has already started as to whether the selected person would be the real number two in the government. The position of the leader of the House in the Lok Sabha is very crucial and most of our Prime Ministers have held this position by virtue of their being heads of government. Dr. Manmohan Singh is the longest serving Prime Minister who has never been a member of the Lok Sabha but is heading the government while being leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha. Read more
Pranab Mukherjee has got the opportunity to perhaps become the most distinguished President India has ever had. There are many who believe that he would have made an excellent Prime Minister but the coveted position of the head of the government could never be his due to uncertainties of politics. Read more
A needless and totally avoidable controversy has arisen over the acceptance of UPA nominee, Pranab Mukherjee’s nomination papers for the post of the President. His principal opponent, former Speaker P.A. Sangma has alleged that Mukherjee’s signatures on the resignation letter with his affidavit that he had quit as the Chairman of the Indian Statistical Institute much before he filed his nomination were forged. The issue is likely to create an embarrassing situation after the results for the President’s election are declared and if Pranab wins, the outcome could be challenged in the Apex Court. Read more
With the elections to the offices of the President and Vice President just a few months away, speculation on who should be the chosen ones has already begun. Read more
A mid term poll to the Lok Sabha seems to be inevitable. This has been my view for the past several months and with each passing day, this belief is getting strengthened. Read more
Indira Gandhi has been acknowledged widely as perhaps the greatest mass leader of a democracy during the last century. Her charisma remains unparalleled till today and the love, affection and respect she commanded in her lifetime and even after her brutal assassination is both exceptional and unequalled. Read more
The Lok Sabha set a new record when for perhaps the first time in its history, the House had to be adjourned during question hour because of lack of quorum on Monday. The question hour in both houses is regarded as sacrosanct since it gives an opportunity to members to make the government accountable for its actions.
A lot of information, which under normal circumstances may remain only in government files, comes out in the open when the minister who is accountable to Parliament is duty bound to share it. Read more