Requesting parliament to support Right to Recall Bill to de-elect a Member of Parliament

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STATEMENT OF OBJECTS AND REASONS

Recall of parliamentarians is said to be a democratic method, by which citizens have the power to remove or in effect de-elect a Member of Parliament before the end of his term of office. This power of removal ofa Member of Parliament is an instrument for the constituents to scrutinise their performance and conduct and ensure good practices and delivery of services that an elected representative is expected to follow. This right flows from th...e fundamental principle of representative democracy which is enshrined in the Indian Constitution as a part of its basic structure. It is a prerogative of the electors to decide whether a non-performing representative be allowed to represent them in the Parliament. This puts a check on the representatives and makes them accountable to the public.

in some states like Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, the right to recall has been incorporated in their respective Nagar Palika Acts. Thus, it is required to introduce a similar legislation at the national level as well.

Countries like USA, Switzerland, Canada, Taiwan, Venezuela and Ukraine have adopted specialised legislations on the people’s right to recall elected representatives.

Although the modes of recall may vary but the essence of law is same in all these countries.

It is, therefore, desirable to enact a law to de-elect a Member of Parliament who has lost public confidence, regulate the procedure with regard to the recall of the elected members of Parliament and improve Parliament’s transparency and accountability to the general public.

Hence this Bill.

DHARAM VIRA GANDHI

( Member of parliament , Patiala )



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