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Jagdeep Dhankar: Chidambaram refutes Dhankhar’s ‘Parliament is supreme’ remark

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Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday refuted Vice President Jagdeep Dhankar‘s remarks that the ‘Parliament is supreme’

“The Hon‘ble Chairman of the Rajya Sabha is wrong when he says that Parliament is supreme. It is the Constitution that is supreme. The “basic structure” doctrine was evolved in order to prevent a majoritarian-driven assault on the foundational principles of the Constitution,” Chidambaram tweeted.

On Wednesday, Dhankar said the power of parliament to amend the Constitution is not subject to any other authority, but the “lifeline” of democracy. The remarks were made by the Vice President at the 83rd All India Presiding Officers Conference in Jaipur

“The essence of democracy lies in the prevalence of the mandate of the people and securing their welfare. The power of the Parliament to amend the Constitution and deal with legislation is not subject to any other authority. This is the lifeline of a democracy. I am sure this will engage your thoughtful consideration,” the Rajya Sabha Chairman said.

In response, former Union Finance Minister Chidambaram tweeted: “Suppose Parliament, by a majority, voted to convert the parliamentary system into a Presidential system. Or repeal the State List in Schedule VII and take away the exclusive legislative powers of the States. Would such amendments be valid?”

Additionally, the Congress veteran argued that since the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act was struck down, nothing prevented the Government from introducing a new Bill.

“The striking down of one Act does not mean that the “basic structure” doctrine is wrong. In fact, the Hon’ble Chairman’s views should warn every Constitution-loving citizen to be alert to the dangers ahead,” Chidambaram tweeted.

With inputs from ANI

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