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

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Grams Econweekly Editor Krishna Raj Assistant Editors Gautam Navlakha Ignatius Chithelen Editorial Staff K Vijayakumar, Cleatus Antony Manager T D Sell THE constitution amendment bill introduced in the Lok Sabha this week seeking to disqualify members of Parliament and state legislatures in the event of their 'defecting' from their political parties brings out some significant aspects of the emerging political situation in the country. In the first place it reflects the new penchant for seeking technical solutions to political problems. The bill, which is expected to be enacted into law in a hurry in the present short session of Parlia mem, has been hailed as a big step towards eradicating political corruption and cleaning up the country's political life. Secondly, and this is no less significant, the entire opposition has joined in the hallelujah over the bill. It is as if the opposition parties are so much in awe of the 400-odd seats won by the Congress(I) in the Lok Sabha and the notion of a supposed national consensus or wave in support of that party and the Prime Minister that they are afraid to take positions different from or opposed to those of the ruling party lest they be isolated from the 'mainstream'. So if the Congress(I) claims that the 'anti-defection bill' is a revolutionary piece of legislation, the opposition parties feel they cannot afford not to join the chorus.

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