Those in power should take entire nation along at all times: Pranab

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 18 Mar 2017 08:33:18


Mar 17,


PRESIDENT Pranab Mukherjee on Friday stressed on the need to guard against “majoritarianism”, saying those in power must take the entire nation along at all times.“Consultation and consensus is the best and often the only way forward,” he said while lauding the speech of Prime Minister Narendra Modi after BJP scored landslide victories in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

“In a Parliamentary democracy, we must always guard against majoritarianism. Those in power must involve and take the entire nation along with them at all times,” Mukherjee said in his speech at a conclave organised by ‘India Today’ here.

Appreciating Modi’s felicitation speech following the resounding win, he said, “I was extremely happy to hear Prime Minister Modi speak about the need for humility in the aftermath of his party’s victory in recent elections to Uttar Pradesh and other State Assemblies.

“He asserted that while electoral verdicts are determined on the basis of ‘Bahumat’ (majority), the States will be governed on principle of ‘Sarvamat’ (consensus). This is indeed India’s tradition and what the large majority of our people desire to see in action.”

In the speech circulated at the function, the President also chose to flag the issue of freequent disruption of Parliament, saying “I speak with some anguish because my entire public life has been defined by my role in Parliament.” “It is, therefore, difficult for me to stand and watch this fundamental pillar of Indian democracy being rendered ineffective.”