CPI Rajya Sabha member Binoy Viswam said the Opposition parties, have been “compelled to join hands” to defend the Constitution irrespective of the political differences.
10 Opposition parties and 39 retired bureaucrats on Thursday submitted a joint memorandum to the Prime Minister’s Office against the proposed changes to the IAS (Cadre) Rules. Jointly, they stated that the new changes are aimed to suppress the states unconstitutionally.
The opposition parties, Congress, TMC, Shiv Sena, DMK, RJD, TRS, CPI, AAP, SP and IUML are signatories to this memorandum. They also condemned the conduct of Governors in the states of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and West Bengal. Matters that require federal consultations must be discussed with the States, instead of issuing unilateral orders, said the memorandum, signed by 21 MP’s and 39 former bureaucrats.
The opposition MP’s criticised the BJP for reducing the offices of the Governors to its camp offices.
In its written response to a Lok Sabha question asked by TMC MP Saugata Roy, the Centre on Wednesday replied that it is examining comments from the states and UTs on the proposal to amend the IAS (Cadre) rules.