Stating that India needs a new, preferably presidential, system of governance, veteran BJP leader Shanta Kumar said on Monday that a statutory body should be formed to deliberate the question.
“There should be a commission kind of body to start looking into a change in the way India governs itself. It was started during the (A B) Vajpayee years but it fizzled out. It should be revived,” said Kumar, a member of the BJP’s Margdarshak Mandal.
Speaking at the launch of Why India needs the Presidential System by Bhanu Dhamija, founder of Divya Himachal newspaper, Kumar said half-a-decade of parliamentary democracy has failed to bring development. “There is malnutrition, poverty and corruption,” said Kumar. “Our forefathers, while adopting the Constitution, thought… this system was the best. We respect that. But now it needs to change,” he said. “Maybe not like an American presidential system, but something that should be worked out by a commission.”
Supporting the idea, Congress leader Sashi Tharoor said a change was “an idea worth discussing”.
Veteran journalist Kuldeep Nayar said while Nehru favoured parliamentary democracy, “ironically it was Nehru’s daughter, Indira Gandhi, whose imposition of Emergency convinced me that the presidential system was not good for India.”