ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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How to Live with the Constitution Amendments

How to Live with the Constitution Amendments T R Andhyarujina THE Congress party's opposition to the 43rd Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha on April 7, 1977, shows that the Janata Party's pledge to repeal the constitutional amendments carried through by the previous government in the 18 months of the Emergency, can not be implemented easily. Though the new government would have the requisite two- thirds majority for the repeal in the Lok Sabha, the Congress commands a near two-thirds majority in the Rajya Sabha and at present also controls more than half the number of state legislatures whose ratification is required for certain kinds of constitutional amendments. Unless dramatic political changes take place in the Rajya Sabha and in the state legislatures, therefore, the chances of the government securing the repeal of the earlier amendments seem dim. What then is to be done with the Amendments until these changes take place?

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