Bhopal: The Madhya Pradesh assembly Speaker
Ishwar Das Rohani on Monday ruled that whatever happened during
the previous BJP regime could not be a subject matter for the
no-confidence motion against the present government.
The Speaker gave his ruling after almost an hour-long
wrangling between the ruling and opposition members about what
could constitute the reasons for the no-confidence motion, the
discussion on which was scheduled to be held from on Monday.
Deputy Leader of the Congress Choudhary Rakesh Singh
Chaturvedi said that there were no rules for what should
be there in a no-confidence motion and in the Lok Sabha only a
one-line no-confidence motion had been moved and there were no
specific charges made against the government.
The issue arose as the no-confidence motion moved by
the Congress against the BJP government in the state contained
references to the past issues.
Ministers like Kailash Vijayavargiya, Gopal Bhargava,
Babulal Gaur and Narottam Mishra repeatedly said that there
was no way in which the opposition could talk about the
previous BJP government which ruled from 2003 to 2008.
The Speaker said that that the no-confidence motion
also mentioned relatives of some ministers and added that
charges against them could not be allowed to be made as they
were not present in the house to reply.
Later, the Leader of the Opposition, Ajay Singh told
reporters that there was no problem in talking about those
ministers who were in the cabinet in the earlier tenure of the
government from 2003 to 2008.
Because of the wrangling, the discussion on the
no-confidence motion which was scheduled to begin in the
morning session has been delayed. It will now begin in the