dtw2hyd wrote:BTW, consolidation of power is not symptomatic of a healthy democracy. Putin and Xi are also doing it. No one calls Russia or China true democracies.
Wrong . Consolidation of legislative power through free and fair elections is entirely healthy and constitutional . There’s NO constitutional requirement that there must be a certain number of opposition legislators - I challenge you to prove any such claim .
You’re confusing the words competent and constitutional . That the Congress could only win 50 odd seats in two General Elections is a demonstration of their own incompetence . It is not a proof of lack of democracy .
The right to have legislative power to oppose is EARNED competitively in elections .
China by the way makes no presumption of being democratic - they will vehemently deny it, in fact . And if you want to nitpick, India is a federal republic and not a popular democracy.
[quote=“dtw2hyd”]In a federal system, the center doesn't give handouts to states, actually center plays with states' money.
If you’re referring to disaster relief funds, you are wrong . Patnaik sought national disaster status for the cyclone damage. Consequently he received federal troops and federal funds . All federal states have disaster relief as a federal task . Guess what the F in FEMA stands for ?
As a general answer about federal devolution of fiscal powers to states, it’s clear you’re not at all familiar with the role of the Finance Commission , or for that matter the role of the now defunct Planning Commission.
The BJPs actions and goals have always been more federally oriented than the Congress .