Tuesday, July 06, 2004
136 ministers get pink slip as India downsizes

"Capping days of frenetic confabulations and suspense, 136 ministers, mostly belonging to the Congress in over half a dozen states, were today shown the door on the last day of government downsizing exercise to meet the provisions of the 97th Constitutional Amendment...."

Folks, a significant event. BTW, the 97th Amendment is an Anti-Defection Law that amended the 10th Schedule of the constt. It prevents DEFECTORS from holding ministerial posts in the new govt until they contest and win a new election. That should provide significant discouragement for defections...as well as ensure that ministers don't "do their own thing" by defecting to another Party after the public elects them when they contested under one Party's banner.

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