Congress, BJP unite to take away Speaker powers

Dhir will no longer be able to suspend or expel an MLA from the Assembly.

New Delhi | Updated: February 14, 2014 9:39 am
 The AAP legislators’ inexperience was evident after they technically supported the motion by not voting against it.
The AAP legislators’ inexperience was evident after they technically supported the motion by not voting against it.

Taking advantage of the Aam Aadmi Party’s inexperience in parliamentary procedures, particularly that of Speaker M S Dhir, legislators from other parties joined forces to adopt a motion diluting the powers of the Speaker including the power to suspend or expel MLAs from the House.

The AAP legislators’ inexperience was evident after they technically supported the motion by not voting against it.

Delhi Congress chief and Gandhinagar MLA Arvinder Singh Lovely moved a motion to suspend Rule 293 of the Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business in Delhi Assembly. Close to 40 MLAs from the BJP and independents supported the motion, thereby suspending the Speaker’s powers to expel MLAs from the House.

The motions took away the Speaker’s powers to be supreme and absolute. The House suspended Rules 293, 277 and 278 of Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business in Delhi Assembly.  While Rule 293 says that the Speaker’s ruling cannot be questioned, Rule 277 gives the Speaker the power to enforce peace in the House and Rule 278 gives the Speaker the power to  call the name of an MLA in the House who needs to be evicted from the Assembly.

“Until now, the AAP had adopted the technique of sitting silent and getting its tasks done through the Speaker. We are 40 MLAs of the BJP and the Congress and we approve the motion suspending rules 277 and 278 in the House,” Lovely, who moved the motion, said.
On a day that saw uproarious scenes in the House, the Speaker often looked to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for signals and his staff were seen consulting the CM on adjournment of the House.

According to former Delhi Assembly secretary S K Sharma, both the Congress and the BJP defeated the AAP in its own game.

“There was an option before the parties to bring a no-confidence motion against the Speaker, but the AAP would have opposed it and it might have been another tricky situation. So they brought the motion to suspend the rules that empower the Speaker. This is a very rare and peculiar incident in the history of the Assembly,” he said.

Senior BJP MLA Jagdish Mukhi took a dig at the whole situation. “Not just us, the AAP too supported the suspension of the Speaker’s powers. When the Speaker asked for those who oppose the motion, the AAP MLAs did not react. It was an unanimous decision,” he said.

The Speaker could not react when the BJP MLAs declared that his powers were taken away by the House.

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    Indian
    Feb 13, 2014 at 9:36 pm
    Shameful behaviour by bjp/congress to suspend speakers power to maintain order in the embly...they are killing democracy in india...
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    Indian
    Feb 13, 2014 at 9:36 pm
    Shameful behaviour by bjp/congress to suspend speakers power to maintain order in the embly...they are killing democracy in india...
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:45 am
    Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal is adamant on bill but he has no support and also LG has asked not to place bill before getting permission from centre looks he is fighting for own self interest rather than ping bill and people. he wants to use this in election as a issue gets support and sympathy.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:45 am
    Aam Aadmi Party's Arvind Kejriwal is adamant on bill but he has no support and also LG has asked not to place bill before getting permission from centre looks he is fighting for own self interest rather than ping bill and people. he wants to use this in election as a issue gets support and sympathy.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:44 am
    Aam Aadmi Party's Kejriwal resignation idea simply means He can't face the problem and fulfil his promises , he is runing for Dharna culture again which is of no use. Arvind type of mindset is not practical at all..With this Mindset he cant rule Delhi Govt and neither Centre Govt. I can say He is not matured enough now for Politics , But he will always be Good to Play the role of Constructive opposition. For 2014 We have only one Options UPA Choose wisely what is Good For Nation to face.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:44 am
    Aam Aadmi Party's Kejriwal resignation idea simply means He can't face the problem and fulfil his promises , he is runing for Dharna culture again which is of no use. Arvind type of mindset is not practical at all..With this Mindset he cant rule Delhi Govt and neither Centre Govt. I can say He is not matured enough now for Politics , But he will always be Good to Play the role of Constructive opposition. For 2014 We have only one Options UPA Choose wisely what is Good For Nation to face.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:44 am
    Arvind Kejriwal oye bahut dekh lee tumhari nautanki. why the bill was not presented yesterday ? Just because you would not get that much media attention yesterday because of Telangana.
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    Mahi Kumari
    Feb 14, 2014 at 8:44 am
    Arvind Kejriwal oye bahut dekh lee tumhari nautanki. why the bill was not presented yesterday ? Just because you would not get that much media attention yesterday because of Telangana.
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