Narayanan opposes changes in Constitution

New Delhi, July 20: President K R Narayanan, who had spoken against a `revision` of the Constitution, has said that there should be neither

New Delhi, July 20: President K R Narayanan, who had spoken against a `revision` of the Constitution, has said that there should be neither "ad hoc changes" nor "wholesale changes" or new approach to the statute.

He also felt that there were many sectors in the Republic in which "there is disorder", but fundamentally it was healthy and functioning alright. Narayanan, who lays down office next week, also dismissed as "misconception" that he had rebutted and even snubbed Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the issue of Constitution review. There was no tension at all in his relationship with Vajpayee who, he said, had no complaints.
In an informal chat with a news magazine, he said he never intended to be a Presidential candidate again and kept an open mind if there was a consensus. If the country really needed, he would have taken up the responsibility, he added.

To a question on his views as custodian of the Constitution, Narayanan said the Indian Constitution was unique and was one of the best in the world. He had turned to the Constituent Assembly debates whenever he was faced with ticklish problem for which there was no plan of action given in the Constitution and found light thrown on the Constitutional questions confronting him.
"That is why I have emphasised that ad hoc changes should not take place. Normal amendments as and when required should be done. There is no need to go for a wholesale change or a new approach," he said.
Bureau Report

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