Delay in Speaker election breach of rules: AIADMK
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Last Updated: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 23:51
Puducherry: Opposition AIADMK on Saturday charged Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy with breaching established rules by delaying the election to office of the Speaker of the Territorial Assembly.

AIADMK state unit secretary A Anbalagan told reporters that the rules clearly stated that the election of Speaker should be held within 15 days of the first sitting of the House.

"The new Assembly had its maiden meeting on June 3 when all the newly-elected legislators were inducted as members of the House," he said alleging that the delay to hold election of the Speaker despite a lapse of more than the 15 days was a "clear violation of the rules."

Anbalagan also criticised Puducherry Lt Governor Iqbal Singh, who is the administrator of the Union Territory, for not directing the chief minister to hold the Speaker election within the prescribed time-frame.

He appealed to the Lt Governor to direct Rangasamy to hold the election.

The AIADMK leader said the newly inducted ministers were yet to be earmarked portfolios ever since they had been sworn in on June 8 at the first expansion of the All India NR Congress ministry headed by Rangasamy.

Anbalagan claimed the government departments had come to a "grinding halt" and no work could be taken up as ministers themselves did not know of the portfolios which they held.


First Published: Saturday, June 25, 2011, 23:51

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