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P.D.T Achary


The writer is a former secretary general of the Lok Sabha.

A judgement that could open floodgates to defection
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

P D T Achary writes: In its verdict in the Goa MLAs case, Bombay High Court has misread the 10th schedule of the Constitution, which was meant to prevent horse trading among legislators.

Suspension of 12 MPs for entire Winter Session is worrying
Fri, Dec 10, 2021

🔴 P D T Achary writes: It relies on broad interpretation of parliamentary procedure, and should bother democratically-minded citizens

How are Rajya Sabha members punished for misconduct in the House?
Sun, Aug 22, 2021

P D T Achary writes: The Rules of the House do not empower Parliament to inflict any punishment on its members other than suspension for creating disorder in the House.

Open conflict in IT Committee goes against parliamentary convention
Thu, Sep 03, 2020

An open confrontation between members and the chairman is an unhealthy practice, which can only destroy the unity of purpose that is essential for the effective functioning of parliamentary committees.

Explained: What does the anti-defection law say? What can disqualify a legislator?
Wed, Jul 24, 2019

The anti-defection law is contained in the 10th Schedule of the Constitution. It was enacted by Parliament in 1985. It came into effect on 1st March 1985.

Greener Pastures
Thu, Jun 27, 2019

The anti-defection law is routinely misinterpreted.

Bonds of secrecy
Wed, Apr 03, 2019

Concealing the identity of donors in electoral bonds goes against a fundamental tenet of democracy — transparency. Any executive Act which takes away transparency is anti-democratic and against public interest.

A Needless Controversy
Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Supreme Court order makes it clear ‘services’ fall under Delhi government, not LG

Responsibility without power
Fri, Dec 01, 2017

That the government in Delhi is elected yet circumscribed points to a constitutional anomaly. Apex court should correct it.

Rules Against The Law
Thu, Jul 06, 2017

Why the Centre’s notification against cattle slaughter is controversial

The LoP Excuse
Wed, May 03, 2017

In the Lokpal delay, absence of a leader of opposition is a red herring

Illegal cap
Mon, Dec 19, 2016

The right to withdraw money cannot be extinguished by demonetisation.

Jain leader Tarun Sagar’s address in Haryana Assembly
Thu, Sep 01, 2016

A Jain monk being called to address the Haryana Vidhan Sabha is a first. It raises issues of propriety and sanctity — and constitutional questions.

Show Me The Money
Sat, Jul 04, 2020

In spite of attempts to dress it as one, Aadhaar bill is not a money bill.

It’s no ordinance raj
Thu, Jan 22, 2015

Considering the circumstances, the NDA’s ordinances are justified.

Governed by whim
Mon, Jul 14, 2014

SC has asked for reasons for removing governors. Does NDA have any?