Resolution not taken up by House

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 even though it had been rejected through vote voice earlier.

After the proceedings for the day were over, Suresh Bhardwaj, Parliamentary Affairs Minister, said, "It is very unfortunate that they have given this notice signed by 17 MLAs 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.

Following this, the Speaker put the rejection of the Congress notice aside, seeking his own removal through voice vote. Mediation by CPM legislator Rakesh Singha — who said instead of aggravating the situation by rejecting the notice, a middle path approach be adopted, saved the situation from worsening. He said if the House insists on rejecting the Congress notice, he would not like to associate with it. As an afterthought, Bhardwaj said now 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 Congress MLAs stood next to the podium of the Speaker and made remarks against the Speaker by name, which was very unfortunate and wrong," said Thakur. He said the Speaker had only asked the Congress MLAs to follow rules. "The required number of one third members do not support the notice so it does not qualify for being taken up," he said. — TNS

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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