Can President of India Tame the Prime Minister? No Way.

Opposition Parties in India Meeting the President on December 16, 2016
Opposition Parties in India Meeting the President on December 16, 2016

While the President of India is supposed to intervene in such cases when millions of people suffer because of the single decision of a politician, most Presidents turn a blind eye to people’s sufferings.

By Rakesh Raman

Although the President of India is only a dummy position which is always at Prime Minister’s (PM) beck and call, major opposition political parties met President Pranab Mukherjee today to complain abour PM Narendra Modi’s dictatorial behaviour.

The opposition parties submitted a memorandum to Mukherjee informing him that the Modi government did allow the parliament to function, as a result of which critical issues such as demonetization could not be discussed.

Modi had arbitrarily demonetized currency notes of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 on November 8, saying that the step has been taken to check corruption and stop the flow of black money.

Common people and opposition parties in India are up in arms against the government because the decision to stop the circulation of currency is causing severe hardships to commoners.

This war-like situation is causing deaths of innocent people who keep standing in queues even in harsh weather with the hope to get their old currency exchanged from banks.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also alleged Wednesday that the Modi government is not allowing him to speak in parliament. According to him, he wants to reveal information about Modi’s own corruption.

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While the President of India is supposed to intervene in such cases when millions of people suffer because of the single decision of a politician, most Presidents turn a blind eye to people’s sufferings because they want to enjoy luxurious lives provided to them by the ruling parties.

In the current case, a number of political parties approached the President earlier also to complain about Modi’s authoritarian decisions including demonetization, but President Pranab Mukherjee could not dare to act against Modi.

Today’s meeting of opposition parties with the President will also go futile, as the President lacks courage to act against the PM who has become the self-styled monarch of the country.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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