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Our multi-party system will continue despite brute majority of one: Pranab Mukherjee

Asked if the shift from coalition to the prominence of one party presented a dangerous scenario, Mukherjee said dominance of one party has been the feature of India’s political history.

The multi-party system in India will survive despite the “brute majority” of one party, former president Pranab Mukherjee said on Friday in an exclusive interview to CNN-News18.

Asked if the shift from coalition to the prominence of one party presented a dangerous scenario, Mukherjee said dominance of one party has been the feature of India’s political history.

“From 1952 to 1977 and from 1980 to 1989, there was the dominance of the Indian National Congress. After the coalition era, India elected Mr Narendra Modi and the BJP with 283 seats in the Lok Sabha, giving them a clear majority. But this is not a new phenomenon. The party in power at Centre winning subsequent assembly elections is not new,” said Mukherjee, who was the finance minister in the Manmohan Singh cabinet before heading to Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The former president added that ups and downs were normal, but no political party can be erased in a parliamentary system.

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First Published on Oct 27, 2017 10:28 am
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