Leader of the Opposition L K Advani has demanded an amendment to the Constitution “to make it mandatory for the Prime Minister to be a member of Lok Sabha”. “I am personally of the view that the Constitution should be amended to make it mandatory for the Prime Minister to be a member of the Lower House,” Advani said on Thursday as the 14th Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die.
“When I evaluate the 14th Lok Sabha and the Government that it gave birth to,(I realise that) this is the worst Government the country has seen,led by a devalued Prime Minister,” said Advani in a scathing attack on the PM,saying that a “weak and indecisive leadership had devalued the institution of the PM and indeed Parliament”. “What devalued this Prime Minister’s position further is that he was not in control of the UPA regime. It was obvious to our citizens,MPs of the Congress and its allies in the UPA,and also to its ministers that 10 Janpath,and not 7 Race Course Road,was the true seat of power. The latter (Manmohan Singh) held office but with no authority,the former (Congress president Sonia Gandhi) had authority but no accountability to Parliament. This duality at the apex is the root cause of the UPA Government’s rudderless and indecisive performance,” Advani said.