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Constitutional Proposals for a Consensus Government

Constitutional Proposals for a Consensus Government S V Kogekar MOST observers and many party leaders have stated that no single party is in a position to secure an absolute majority of seats in the Lok Sabha in the mid-term poll. This implies the establishment of a coalition government at the Centre. But the experience of coalition governments in the states (with the exception of Kerala and West Bengal) and the recent attempt in that direction at the Centre do not inspire confidence in their continued viability over a period of five years. In the first place, such coalitions have taken place purely as a device for sharing in power without any agreement on a programme of action. Secondly, personal ambitions have tended to encourage defections and manipulations among' the partners in these coalitions, leading to a state of instability in the government. No firm policies can be pursued in such a situation, the sole aim of the ministers being to stay in power and of ohers to replace them at any cost. Coalition governments become not only weak governments in many cases even nongovernments, putting off vital decisions or taking them only on paper without the least effort to implement them.

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