The mightiest go to the common man only during polls: Meira

Last Updated: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 23:39

New Delhi: The mightiest go to the common man
with folded hands only during elections, Lok Sabha Speaker
Meira Kumar said on Friday and observed that it should continue
even after the electoral exercise is over.

Kumar was addressing a gathering for the L M Singhvi
memorial lecture here.
She said the mightiest meeting the common man with folded
hands best described democracy. But this should not be limited
only during elections, Kumar said.

Referring to the topic `60 years of Indian Constitution
and the common man`, she said "democracy and caste cannot live
together. While one pushes a person up, the other pulls the
person down".

She said besides the Legislature, the Executive and the
Judiciary, Press too had an important role in fulfilling the
dreams of the common man enshrined in the Constitution.

Kumar was referring to the lecture delivered by Supreme
Court judge Justice Altamas Kabir in which he said the
Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislature had an important
role in fulfilling the aspirations of a common man.
"Press should be included with a sense of accountability
for the supreme individual called the common man," she said.

She said with one million women getting elected to local
self-governance bodies, the Indian society has transformed.

Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh
Ahluwalia said by the end of the XIth Five Year Plan, 27
targets selected would be achieved to a great extent.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, November 6, 2009 - 23:39

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