PM should be from LS? Cong dismisses the idea

The Congress dismissed suggestions that the Prime Minister should be from the Lok Sabha.

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2012, 21:49 PM IST

New Delhi: The Congress on Monday dismissed
suggestions that the Prime Minister should be from the Lok Sabha.

Asked to comment on NCP leader P A Sangma`s views in this
regard, party spokesman Manish Tewari told reporters that this
question has been replied umpteen times and "our stand is very
clear that we follow the democratic processes which are
permitted under the Constitution of India."

Sangma had earlier said one of the problems facing Indian
democracy is that it`s not binding on the Prime Minister to be
a member of the Lok Sabha.
"We must amend the Constitution to ensure that only a Lok
Sabha member will be a PM. The most important duty of the Lok
Sabha is to produce a PM. A Prime Minister from the Rajya
Sabha cannot vote for his own government if he is not a member
of the Lok Sabha, and this is an absurd situation," Sangma has
said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is at the helm of
affairs since 2004, is a member of the Rajya Sabha.

PTI