Ground Report | New Delhi: Why BJP wants to get removed socialist; Bharatiya Janata Party MP and former minister of state for Tourism KJ Alphons introduced a private member’s motion to demand the removal of the word “socialism” from the Preamble of the Constitution through an amendment.
The BJP MP from Rajasthan moved a motion to introduce the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to replace the word “socialist” with “justiciable”, among other changes. Alphons has argued that the word “socialist” has “a political connotation and a historical baggage which is not acceptable to a large part of India”.
Alphonse also wants through the bill that the description of equality and fraternity be changed by expanding its scope and introducing “happiness, an assurance of a high gross domestic happiness” in the preamble.
The bill seeks to replace the words “equality of status and opportunity” with “equality of status and opportunity, to be born, to be fed, to be educated, to have a job, and to be treated with respect”. , It also proposes to add “Access to Information Technology” to the objectives of the Preamble.
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Similarly last year Bharatiya Janata Party MP Rakesh Sinha also moved a private member’s motion to remove the word “socialism” from the Preamble of the Constitution through an amendment.
On Friday, after Deputy Speaker Harivansh Narayan Singh allowed the bill to be introduced after a voice vote, opposition lawmakers claimed they ignored their “no-s” in disapproval which was more prominent than “yes” in support. Were.
RJD’s Manoj K Jha was the first to object against the permission of the Preamble, saying it was an amendment to the Preamble, which was part of the basic structure of the Constitution. (Why BJP wants to get removed socialist)
Jha said it was an “attack on the very building” of the Constitution and “are we allowing this House to ruin everything?” He got the support of opposition MPs like Jairam Ramesh (Congress), Tiruchi Siva (DMK), Vaiko (MDMK), and V Sivadasan (CPI-M).
Jha then said that Private Members’ Bills require prior approval of the President, but Harivansh said that the Bill does not fall in the category that requires such approval. “What do we have left? … It should not become the norm. Avoid such temptations,” Jha said as Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V Muraleedharan suggested the Speaker “reserve it and give a decision at a later date”, which was accepted by the opposition.
In the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill, Alphonse said, “its ideological foundation in certain historical movements makes it very difficult for a large section of the people to accept ‘socialism’ as a legitimate object of the country’s constitution. Era. Therefore, it should be replaced by the word ‘equitable’, which has no political connotation and does not carry historical baggage.”