Congress notice for removal of Speaker not technically eligible for being taken up

Tribune News Service
Shimla, August 13

The notice given by the Congress MLAs, seeking removal of Vidhan Sabha Speaker Vipin Parmar was not taken by the House, terming it technically unsustainable.

Suresh Bhardwaj, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said it was unprecedented that they have given a notice for removal of Speaker.

"It is very unfortunate that they have given this notice signed by 17 MLAs," he said.

"The notice is being given on the last day of the assembly which is technically wrong as there has to be a minimum period of 14 days before it can be taken up," said Bhardwaj.

CPM legislator Rakesh Singha said instead of aggravating the situation by rejecting the notice, a middle path should be adopted to save the situation from worsening.

He said if the House insists on rejecting it, he would not like to associate with it.

As an afterthought, Bhardwaj said it has been decided not to take up the resolution so there was no need to reject it.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said the House was running very smoothly but the remarks made by one Congress MLA infuriated ruling party MLAs.

"The Congress MLAs stood next to the podium of the Speaker and made remarks against the Speaker by name was very unfortunate and wrong," said Thakur.

The CM said the Speaker had only asked the Congress MLAs to follow rules and procedures to maintain the sanctity of the House.

"Neither was there any situation nor basis for this notice. They are facing mental bankruptcy," he remarked.

He hoped that in future the House would run smoothly and the sanctity of the chair of the Speaker is maintained.

"The required number of one third members do not support the notice so it does not qualify for being taken up," said Thakur.

He added that the notice has to be given 14 days before but the Congress has given it on the last day and it is not technically sustainable.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service
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