A clash of egos between President Ram Baran Yadav and Constituent Assembly Chairman Subhash Nembang barely 100 hours before the delivery of the Constitution is likely to eclipse the otherwise much-hyped event scheduled on Sunday.
President Yadav, who was left in a state of fiat accompli, was reportedly hurt by “impropriety” on Nembang’s part in deciding and publicly announcing the date of Constitution delivery. According to sources, the President just received the letter of invitation from Chairman Nembang who had gone to the President’s office with a request to be present in the CA Building at 5 pm on September 20 for the promulgation of the Constitution. “I will let you know at my convenience,” was all that the President told him, informed sources told The Indian Express.
President Yadav has been taking the public stance and asking political leaders, House Chairman, as well as the Prime Minister not to rush the passage of the Constitution, and instead talk to various “agitating groups” and involve them in the process. This request, however, has been overruled by Nembang.
Tuesday’s meeting proved to be a turning point as the President, sources said, was furious as the Chairman not only decided not to tell to the President the purpose and subject of his meeting, but also had already made the announcement that the Constitution promulgation will take place at 5 pm on September 20.
Constitution will be authenticated by the House Chairman, and released in the presence of the President.
Yadav is believed to have objected to the way he is being “overruled” by the Prime Minister and the House Chairman.
As the bitterness prevailed, and fear over the impact of likely absence of the President during the occasion grew, Chairman Nembang placed before the House a resolution endorsing the “time and date” of Constitution delivery, something that would make the President’s presence binding as per the Constitution.
The House has so far adopted 176 out of 302 clauses in the Constitution through the process of clause-by-clause voting.