Congress accuses Speaker of being partisan, demands his removal

Pratibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, August 13

In an unprecedented move, opposition Congress today moved a resolution seeking removal of the Vidhan Sabha Speaker Vipin Parmar for behaving in a partisan and partial manner.

The Congress legislators boycotted house proceedings and gave notice under Article 179(c) of the Constitution of India and Rule 274(1) Rules of Procedure and Conduct Business in Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly, seeking removal of the Speaker from the august post. They termed the behaviour of the Speaker partisan. "He has failed to uphold the dignity of the august house and his office in conducting the business of the house," they alleged.

Congress legislators entered the house when the business for the day started. The moment the Speaker announced beginning of question hour, the Congress MLAs handed over the notice seeking removal of Speaker. Immediately after this they left the house without raising slogans. They sat outside the Vidhan Sabha, demanding removal of the Speaker.

Moves a resolution

While sitting on the chair of the Speaker, how can he speak of having an affiliation with a particular ideology. The Speaker is expected to be neutral and not take sides on political considerations but unfortunately he has consistently been doing so. — Mukesh Agnihotri,CLP leader

"While sitting on the chair of the Speaker inside the Vidhan Sabha, how can he speak of having an affiliation with a particular ideology," remarked Congress Legislature party (CLP) leader Mukesh Agnihotri. He said the Congress would not accept such unfair and biased attitude of the Speaker. "The Speaker is expected to be neutral and not take sides on political considerations but unfortunately he has consistently been doing so," said CLP leader.

Senior MLA Asha Kumari said the Speaker was not running the house as per rules and was not giving the opposition opportunity to raise important issues. "What is most astounding is the statement by the Speaker that he is not bound to follow the rules and procedure and Conduct of Business in Himachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly.

Congress MLAs said the notices given by the Congress MLAs are rarely taken up in the house and the Speaker gave advantage to the MLAs of the ruling party in the business, flouting all Assembly rules.

They said the Congress MLAs have no faith left in the office of the Speaker who has failed to uphold democratic values and protect the constitutional rights and privileges of the members of the legislative assembly for conducting the business of the house as per rules, so he should be removed from the post immediately.

Today was the last day of the 10-day monsoon session which commenced on August 2. Congress remained very aggressive and invariably staged walk out almost daily against issues like Covid management, removal of Chief Secretary Anil Khachi and remarks against the RSS besides other issues.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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