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

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Transient Concerns

Transient Concerns ADMITTEDLY in a narrow technical sense the solution to the current parliamentary crisis is not inconsistent with relevant constitutional provisions. The propriety of the solution nevertheless merits examination. A group of unattached members led by Chandra Shekhar wbosie numerical strength does not total even half the quorum of the house let alone permit it to constitute a full ministry has been invited to form an alternative to the defeated Naitional Front government. Aside from this numerical inadequacy is its geographical representation which is limited almost entirely to the Hindi belt. Equally in question is the legitimacy of the majority that the Chandra Shekhar government will furnish in the Lok Sabha, Since the combined strength of the Congress(I) and the other small parties supporting the government falls short of a simple majority, inclusion of the 31 'unexpelled' members of the original Janata Dal, who have attracted disqualification from the house, in Chandra Shekhar's claimed support of 280 is inescapable.

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