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MP Governor asks Government to call special Assembly session

Last Updated: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 23:08

Bhopal: In an unusual development, Madhya Pradesh Governor Ram Naresh Yadav on Friday advised the state government to convene a special session of the Assembly to complete the unfinished business of the House.

Yadav communication to the government came after the House was adjourned sine die on July 11 amid din over no-confidence motion.

The term of the state assembly expires towards the end of this year.

Raj Bhawan sources said on condition of anonymity that the Governor has written a letter to the government advising it to convene a special session of the Assembly.

Though official sources confirmed that the Governor has written to the government, they did not disclose its contents.

Soon after the Assembly was adjourned sine die by Speaker Ishwardas Rohani on July 11 following ruckus, Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh petitioned the Governor asking him to direct the government to reconvene the House so that it could discuss the no-confidence motion moved by his party.

Fuelling speculation that the House could be reconvened, the Governor did not sign the file seeking his permission to prorogue the monsoon session.

Yadav went to New Delhi apparently to discuss the issue with President Pranab Mukherjee and some Union Ministers.

On his return here, he summoned the Assembly Speaker to know from him the circumstances in which the House was adjourned sine die.

On July 11, the Assembly was to take up the debate on the no-trust motion moved by the Opposition against the BJP government.

As Singh rose to speak, Deputy Leader of Congress Legislature Party Choudhary Rakesh Singh Chaturvedi raised objections over the contents of the motion and expressed his lack of confidence in it. Chaturvedi resigned from Congress and later defected to BJP.

Industries Minister Kailash Vijaywargiya intervened in the matter and said since one of the members of the Opposition had expressed no-confidence in the motion, it stands nullified as per the Assembly rules. This led to pandemonium.

The Speaker briefly adjourned the House and when it reassembled and the
din continued, Rohani asked Parliamentary Affair Minister Narottam Mishra whether any legislative business is left for discussion.

When Mishra said all the listed business was over, the Speaker adjourned the House sine die.

Meanwhile, Singh welcomed the Governor`s decision, terming it as "a victory of democracy".

"The way Assembly was adjourned on July 11, it showed
there was a conspiracy by the BJP Government to crush democracy inside the House," the Leader of Opposition said in a statement.

The Governor has protected the Constitution by giving the direction for special session.

It has now been established that the House functioning on July 11 was "unparliamentary, unconstitutional and anti-democratic," Singh maintained.

Govind Yadav, President of Madhya Pradesh unit of Janata Dal (U), demanded the resignation of the Speaker and also the Cabinet in the light of Governor`s letter.

The letter has proved that the Speaker acted in an "unconstitutional" manner that day, he said.

Meanwhile, when contacted, BJP leaders declined to comment on the development.


First Published: Friday, July 26, 2013 - 23:08

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