Credibility of democratic system eroded, says Deve Gowda

HASSAN, AUG. 21. The former Prime Minister, H.D. Deve Gowda, MP, who is the president of the Janata Dal (Secular), said here on Saturday that a silent revolution by the people was in the offing because, according to him, the democratic system in the country had collapsed.

He also cautioned that militancy that was now plaguing only the northern part of the country would slowly penetrate down south.

Presiding over a function organised by the District Lawyers' Association to felicitate the newly appointed Advocate-General, B.T. Parthasarathy, he said the total failure of the democratic system in the country would lead to the silent revolution and nobody could stop it. Credibility of the democratic system was completely eroded and people were losing their faith in the political system.

No clear mandate

The electorate was not giving a clear mandate to any political party and this had resulted in the formation of coalition governments at the State and Centre.

He said devolution of judicial power was the need of the hour to ensure the protection of the fundamental rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

Admissions issue

Mr. Deve Gowda, who was agitated over the impasse in admission to professional courses and the suicide of students owing to problem, said Parliament was apathetic towards addressing the issues concerning people.

Referring to the impasse following the Supreme Court judgment on admissions, Mr. Deve Gowda said he did not want to comment on the judgment, and regretted that Parliament, which could come to the rescue of the people under the circumstances, was not concerned about the issue.

He regretted that he could not raise the issue in the Lok Sabha as his party did not have the strength to draw the attention of the House. The people at the helm of affairs would understand the seriousness of the issue with the upsurge of the frustrated masses. "Hungry stomachs know no law,'' he said.

``Sometimes, I feel like resigning from Parliament, as I have become completely helpless in raising various issues bothering people. I am ashamed of myself. I don't know for whom this system works ultimately,'' he said.

Minister `unconcerned'

Though he had tried to contact the Union Minister of Human Resources, Arjun Singh, to discuss the impasse created following the Supreme Court judgment with regard to admissions, the latter was not much concerned about it.

He had greatest the regard for the judiciary in the country and people were increasingly approaching it with the "failure" of the executive.

With this "failure", the situation had reached such a stage that even "frivolous issues" such as those of connected to the fee structure were being referred to the judiciary. The "failure" of Parliament in various spheres was leading to the "interference" of the judiciary, he noted.

He said those who criticised the judiciary for what was said to be its interference in the functioning of the executive had failed to understand the fact that this was happening. because of the lapses of the latter.