“Governor appointing Lokayukt in Gujarat through ordinance against spirit of Constitution and precedence”: Gujarat Govt

Gandhinagar, Friday: Gujarat Government's spokesperson-minister Jay Narayan Vyas today said strongly protested the Governor's announcing the appointment of the Lokayukt for Gujarat, unworthy of the decorum of the high Constitutional post.

The minister said that for quite sometime the Raj Bhawan in Gujarat has been reduced to a Congress bhawan, using the place for acting against the democratically elected government. The government would decide on the Constitutional and other proprieties of Governor's appointment of the Lokayukt through an ordinance after in-depth study of all legal aspects.

The minister recalled that a related Bill was passed in the State Assembly last March to make the institution of Lokayukt stronger, including functionaries of the Local Self-Government and Panchayati Raj in addition to the Ministers. The Bill was sent to the Governor for assent, which she did not.

The present State Government is also at an advanced stage of appointing the Lokayukt on the advice of Council of Ministers in consultation with the Governor, including its preparedness for thrashing out any area of disagreement, if any, for reconsideration. The Governor could have sent back the Bill to the Government, but unfortunately bypassed the Constitutional process by directly appointing the Lokayukt through an ordinance, without even any consultation with the government, keeping the people in dark in a democracy.

Mr. Vyas said the Governor's direction is against the spirit of the Constitution and precedence. There was no need to as the existing provisions were sufficient, particularly when there was no stalemate, no inaction or no other hurdle from the government side.

The spokesperson-minister said the State Government will study in-depth legal and all other aspects of the issue if there has been any misuse of the Constitutional post by the Governor in appointing the Lokayukt through an ordinance. The High Court has fixed the hearing on the petition on August 30, 2011.

Meanwhile, the Gujarat Government has moved the Gujarat High Court stating the violation of 226 of the Constitution by the Governor for appointing the Lokayukta through ordinance, without keeping in mind the government's responsibility.

Mr. Vyas said the Congress leaders have been repeatedly creating uproar and spreading untruth over alleged delay by the State Government in the appointment of Lokayukt, while opposite is the case. People have a reason to know reasons for the delay. The related Bill was lying for consideration of the then Governor for three and a half years. In between, the government tried to discuss the Constitutional provisions with half a dozen opposition leaders over this period, but they just attended the meetings as a formality, occasionally tried to stall the procedure but extended no cooperation.

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MoS Dr. Jitendra Singh’s Statement after meeting with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister
June 24, 2021

A discussion with the political parties of Jammu-Kashmir under the leadership of the Hon'ble Prime Minister has just ended. This has been a very positive effort towards the development and strengthening of democracy in Jammu-Kashmir. The meeting took place in a very cordial atmosphere. All the participants expressed their full allegiance to the democracy of India and the Constitution of India.

The Home Minister apprised all the leaders of the improvement in the situation in Jammu-Kashmir.

The Prime Minister listened to every party’s arguments and suggestions with all seriousness and he appreciated the fact that all the people's representatives shared their point of view with an open mind. The Prime Minister laid special emphasis on two important issues in the meeting. He said that we all have to work together to take democracy to the grassroots in Jammu-Kashmir. Secondly, there should be all-round development in Jammu-Kashmir and development should reach every region and every community. It is necessary that there should be an atmosphere of cooperation and public participation.

Hon'ble Prime Minister also pointed out that elections to Panchayati Raj and other local bodies have been successfully held in Jammu-Kashmir. There is improvement in the security situation. About 12,000 crore rupees have directly reached the panchayats after the conclusion of elections. This has accelerated the pace of development in the villages.

The Prime Minister said that we have to approach the next important step related to the democratic process in Jammu-Kashmir i.e. assembly elections. The process of delimitation has to be completed expeditiously so that every region and every section gets adequate political representation in the assembly. It is necessary to give a proper representation to the Dalits, backwards and people living in tribal areas.

There was a detailed discussion in the meeting regarding the participation of everybody in the process of delimitation. All the parties present in the meeting have agreed to participate in this process.

The Prime Minister also emphasized the cooperation of all the stakeholders to take Jammu-Kashmir on the path of peace and prosperity. He said that Jammu-Kashmir is moving out of the vicious circle of violence and moving towards stability. New hope and new confidence have emerged among the people of Jammu-Kashmir.

The PM also said that we will have to work day and night to strengthen this trust and work together to improve this confidence. Today's meeting is an important step for strengthening the democracy and the development and prosperity of Jammu-Kashmir. I thank all the political parties for attending today's meeting.