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'Delete word socialism from Constitution'

Press Trust of India

Posted: Dec 09, 2005 at 2110 hrs IST

A demand to delete the word socialism from the Representation of the People Act was made in the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

Raising the demand through a private member legislation, the Representation of the People (Amemdment) Bill, 2004, Sharad Anantrao Joshi (Swatantra Bharat Paksh) said the word had lost its relevance in present times.

An association of people not subscribing to socialism had to swear allegiance to the philosophy to get themselves registered as a political party and get an election symbol, he said.

For getting registered as a political party, people have to form Constitution that subscribes to democratic traditions, secularism and socialism, the member said.

Communal parties give false statements of being secular and undemocratic institutions pledge of being democratic to get themselves registered as a political party, he said.

Disagreeing with Joshi’s plea that socialism has lost its relevance and, therefore, should be dropped from the Constitution, Congress members Moolchand Meena, Raashid Alvi, E.M.S. Natchiappan and Jayaram Ramesh said spirit of the Constitution had been democracy, socialism and secularism which was not fully understood by Joshi.

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