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dated February 18, 1954: Recourse to ordinance

The propriety of the Government issuing ordinances during short parliamentary recesses was debated in the House of the People on February 16 for two hours on a suggestion by two Independent members, Dr. A. Krishnaswamy and Dr. Lanka Sundaram. The Finance Minister, Mr. C. D. Deshmukh, urged that it would be more appropriate to raise a discussion on the subject when the relevant ordinances came up for consideration before the House. The Speaker, Mr. Mavlankar, however, overruled the objection and admitted the motion for raising a discussion on the subject. He said that he had admitted the motion because he felt that it involved an important constitutional issue as to how far the Government was right in issuing such ordinances. It would be recognised, he said, that the issuing of ordinances was not a democratic way of doing things. It was only in special circumstances that the Government must issue ordinances. A general discussion might be helpful for all members to think on the subject. He wanted members to approach the question not from the party point of view but from the general point of view of setting up traditions in Parliament.

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