Tuesday, May 18, 2004
Re: Sonia not to be PM
Rachit, I still believe that you are wrong. Sure, many people who are opposed to Sonia being the PM because of her being of non-Indian origin will be happy. However, they are missing a big issue - that of the legitimacy of the PM.
Sure, Manmohan Singh is a very decent man, some one is well respected (at least among educated folks) etc. However, there is no way he is going to carry the authority that Sonia could. That is because he was a dark horse, and forever be one. And worse, there is going to be a strong extra-constitutional authority in the person of Sonia Gandhi. The situation would be akin to, but may be not as bad as, Deve Gowda and I.K.Gujral ministries when the specter of Sitaram Kesri constantly hung over the PM's head. Remember, Gujral was a very respectable man before he became the PM. Same with Chandrashekar.
Worse would be the effect of the pressure from the Left. Left would feel much freer to force Singh to enact their agenda than Sonia Gandhi. At least, she would have the legitimacy that derive from having led Congress to victory!
And one more uncomfortable fact: yet again, the Prime Minister is going to be from the Rajya Sabha. The practice, while not illegal, should be discouraged.
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