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Give people right to recall MLAs, MPs: Somnath
April 22, 2005 21:05 IST
Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee on Friday said people should have a "right to recall" elected members.
He also expressed fear over "growing" judicial intervention in political matters.
"Yes, I agree there should be a law on the right to recall," he said when asked whether people should have a right to recall an elected representative on the account of "non-performance".
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He said this at a 'meet the press programme' organised by Indore Press Club. On the issue of "growing" judicial intervention and whether it will not lead to a conflict between legislature and judiciary, Chatterjee said: "That is my fear, but I hope it will not happen." However, Chatterjee clarified that he does not have any doubt on the issue of apex court's order and one has to obey it.
He clarified that he has not spoken anything against the Supreme Court on the issue. The speaker also pointed out that the Jharkhand imbroglio was not solved with judicial intervention, but with the prime minister's efforts. He, however, added that he has full confidence in the judiciary.