Oppn accuses government of lowering dignity of Assembly
ACCUSING the State of disregarding the constitutional provisions of law and lowering the dignity of Assembly, the Opposition Congress today moved a privilege motion against the government and served a notice to this effect. Speaker, Niranjan Pujari, however, said he would examine it.
“As per provisions of the constitution, rules for conducting the House (of the Assembly) have been prepared. Everybody is bound to adhere to these rules. But the government is disregarding it as a result of which the dignity of the House is being lowered. According to 116-D of the rules of Assembly, whenever any special mention is raised, the reply to the mention is bound to be made within 48 hours. But the rules are not being observed,” alleged leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra during the Zero Hour while moving the privilege motion against the government. Adding, he said that so far the in the 15th Assembly session, 75 special mentions have found place out of which replies for only 15 have been given. “The government is deliberately engaged in disregarding the rules. This is rape of law and provisions of constitution in the broad day light, he alleged saying that rules of the books need to be torn and thrown to the dustbin”, he said.
“In the wake of breach of members and rules pertaining to the House, the Speaker should immediately intervene and provide protection to the members of the Assembly, Mishra demanded. Besides, the Speaker should accept the notice of privilege motion and sent it to the concerned committee”, he urged. Supporting him, Congress member NK Das said that books containing rules and procedures of the Assembly should be torn and thrown as the rules are not being followed. The reply is made available after an eight day gap. This is no respect to the rules. The Speaker should immediately step in, he demanded. The Speaker said that he is examining the notice of breach of privilege brought in by the Opposition.