Amit Shah recalled the dismissal of several Opposition-ruled state governments by different Congress governments at the Centre, including those headed by former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.
The Law Commission has agreed with the proposal to bar a person from contesting more than one seat at a time but has not endorsed the alternative proposal that winning candidates also shoulder the cost of ensuing by-elections.
Before this week, governments have pushed the narrative of ‘fake’ or ‘false’ news earlier in 1982, 1988, and 2017. The circumstances and fallouts of attempts at putting curbs on journalists have several similarities. A recall of the battles for media freedom in India.
Leader of Opposition Paresh Dhanani said, “Under the Gujarat Assembly rules, a member of the Assembly cannot be suspended for more than the session. Sub Section 2 of Section 52 is quite clear... I have brought this to the Speaker’s attention."
Sources said Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has already indicated during informal discussions with Opposition leaders that the government may reformulate the motion to accommodate their demand, and that this move has Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s backing.