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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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The Congress(I)'s Constitution

The Congress(I)'s Constitution

(p.286) 39 The Congress(I)'s Constitution

A.G. Noorani

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In 1993, the Congress (I) Working Committee (CWC) authorised its president, P. V. Narasimha Rao, to not only nominate the entire Parliamentary Board but also a Board to choose the party's candidates for the forthcoming elections to the Assemblies of Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh. This was not unusual for a political party which has not held organisational elections for more than twenty years, but its implications affect the Constitution of the country itself. How can a democratic Constitution be worked by a political party in power who does not abide by its own Constitution and by democratic norms within its own ranks? The Congress Party's persistent violation of its own constitution and of democratic principles in general is a matter of public concern.

Keywords:   Congress (I) Working Committee, P. V. Narasimha Rao, Congress Party, constitution, India, elections, democratic norms, organizational norms

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