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  • Is there any provision in the constitution which permits such an action?

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  • No there is no provision in constitution for referendum. Still it is fully constitutional. Referendum would only be to know the wish of people. After that parliament would have to make a law to that effect , fulfilling people's wish.
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  • Asking for a referendum is in violation of the Constitution and an amendment will have to be introduced for a referendum.

    Referendum has to have legal backing. It requires you to cast your vote, for which you have to make provisions under law.

    An opinion poll was conducted in Goa in 1967 asking Goans if they wanted their Union territory merged with Maharashtra. Goans decided against a merger.
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  • Cassius said:

    No there is no provision in constitution for referendum. Still it is fully constitutional. Referendum would only be to know the wish of people. After that parliament would have to make a law to that effect , fulfilling people's wish.

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    Its only a vote / viewpoint (unofficial one). Constitution doesnt bar this. But for statehood , it is Parliament's decision,
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  • edited June 2016
    Referendum in the sense of seeking people's views on a matter of public importance is constitutional. However, this referendum will not be binding on Union Govt. But if people vote in favor of statehood, which is highly likely, there will be significant pressure on Union Govt
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  • Referendum in the sense of seeking people's views on a matter of public importance is constitutional. However, this referendum will not be binding on Union Govt. But if people vote in favor of statehood, which is highly likely, there will be a significant political pressure on the Union Govt.
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  • Why would election commission hold such referendum which has no legal or constitutional backing. And any private survey of Delhi govt would be as good as no survey.
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  • I don't think a referendum is unconstitutional.
    It can be termed extra-constitutional, but certainly not illegal.
    A referendum can be done using the state machinery also, it doesn't have to be the EC only.
    As regards to the credibility of the referendum, that is an issue that needs to be sorted out between different political parties at the outset. If no ground rules regarding acceptability are set beforehand, this might very well turn out to be a farce, with each party claiming the result to be rigged if it is not in their favour.

    If necessary, the Lt. Governor can ask the President for his view on the legality of such a referendum, who can in turn ask the SC for advice under Art. 143 of the constitution.

    Referendum is the most basic element of direct democracy, and although impractical for day-to-day purposes, it is the better way to give the people a say in what they want.

    Bhai be practical. If central govt. wants it will initiate the process of granting statehood on its own. Why would LG(who acts indirectly on advice of Central govt.) initiate it?
    Until and unless there is a process prescribed by the law such aliens concept of direct democracy won't work in our system.
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  • the discussion here is mainly on the procedure...but is there any valid argument why delhi should be granted full statehood?
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  • even washington dc the capital of u.s. is not a state..it is centrally administered territory...
    this is not switzerland to have direct democracy..who will be responsible for the chaos in future when kashmir decides to hold referendum???
    the capital of a country houses ambassies international headquarters state bhawans president prime minister office.
    seeing the antagonistic atitude of anarchist ak ,if delhi becomes a state then even p.m.o. will have to beg under ak
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  • a referendum is neither constitutional nor non-constitutional. it is extra-constitutional.
    Do not go gentle into that good night
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