Ambedkar ensured India did not opt for presidential form of govt, says Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, May 2: Hailing the contribution of B R Ambedkar, Former President Pranab Mukherjee said he ensured that the country did not opt for the presidential form of government like in other constitutions.

Addressing an event at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science (IACS) to mark BR Ambedkar Jayanti on Tuesday, Mukherjee stated “Our Constitution remains very important and relevant even 68 years after it was adopted and many times it “counts”.

Referring to an incident that took place during his tenure, Mukherjee said he had to intervene in one case asking the Prime Minister to advise a governor who had been indicted by the Supreme Court. However, he did not name the governor or the state.

“I had to tell the PM, Mr PM you advise the governor who has been indicted by the Supreme Court in its judgement for his indiscretion and wrong interpretation of the Constitution as a consequence of dismissing an elected government which had been highly censured by the SC”, news agency PTI quoted, the Former President as saying.


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