Faced with resignation letters from 16 MLAs, the Karnataka Speaker has said he needs to go through the rulebook before taking a decision. What do these rules prescribe for the Speaker in such situations?
At present, there is an election in one state or the other at almost any given time, and those who favour simultaneous polls argue that the Model Code of Conduct gets in the way of the government announcing projects or policy plans.
Congratulating Om Birla on his election to the office of Speaker, Chowdhury pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said outside the House that henceforth there will be no “ruling (paksh) or opposition (vipaksh) — only an impartial system”.
The Union government released the composition of eight Cabinet Committees, including two new ones — one on Investment, the other on Employment and Skill Development. What are these Cabinet Committees for?
BJP enjoys a majority but the PM looks to keep allies on board. Forming the Cabinet has been a complex exercise over the years, with the ruling party looking to give representation to allies, states, communities.
PM Modi also bowed before the Constitution and told new MPs that there could not be a dividing line for a people’s representative. Proceedings began with an instrumental rendition of Vande Mataram. And most MPs sang along.