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Somnath for ‘right to recall’ MLAs and MPs

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee advocated the introduction of “right to recall” system to deal...

Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee advocated the introduction of “right to recall” system to deal with elected representatives who ignore interests of the people and are guilty of malfeasance and improper conduct.

Speaking at the conference of presiding officers of all legislative bodies in the country on Sunday, Chatterjee said voters should be given the right to demand recall of their representatives before the expiry of their five-year term.

The Speaker said if any member is found to be insensitive, incompetent, corrupt or even indifferent to the problems of the people, his constituents should be in a position to demand his recall before expiry of term. If the elected representative indulges in activities or behaves in a manner unbecoming of a people’s representative, the provision of right to recall should be applicable. “I strongly recommend that we begin with setting our Houses in order, literally,” Chatterjee said. A few countries in the world have adopted the right to recall as a provision to deal with errant representatives.

The Speaker said the State Assembly Speakers should “take a proactive stand to tackle these issues head-on”. Expressing disappointment over the “misconduct” of elected representatives, Somnath even suggested doing away with the “Zero Hour” in Parliament since ‘it has turned out to be the most unruly period of the House proceedings’.

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First published on: 22-09-2008 at 23:41 IST
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