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HindustanTimes Mon,21 Apr 2014

Uncertainty over governor’s letter to speaker continues

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, July 22, 2013
First Published: 10:25 IST(22/7/2013) | Last Updated: 10:28 IST(22/7/2013)

With the Raj Bhavan continuing its silence on whether the governor has written a letter to the speaker advising him to reinstate the monsoon session of the state assembly, uncertainty over prospect of an unprecedented situation arising in Madhya Pradesh still persists.

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Never before in the history of the state has the governor intervened in the functioning of the legislature as the present incumbent Ram Naresh Yadav is said to be doing.

Meanwhile, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Sunday denied having received any letter from the governor at a press conference organised to apprise the media on his Jan Ashirvad Yatra.

On the other hand, Raj Bhavan sources indicated that the governor could lay his cards on the table over the issue on Monday.

Sources further said the governor was convinced that constitutional propriety was flouted by the speaker when he adjourned the House sine dine even as debate on no-confidence motion admitted by him for discussion had not even begun and he was taking time in writing to the speaker or the government to recall the House to avoid any unwarranted fall-out that any step devoid of sound legal backing could entail.

Reacting to stories carried in some local newspapers that the governor has also sought advice.

Janata Dal (United) state president Govind Yadav on Sunday urged governor Ram Naresh Yadav to dissolve the state assembly as speaker Ishwardas Rohani and the state government acted against the mandate of articles 174 and 194 of the Constitution.

Speaker Rohani did not give chance to the leaders of opposition party to speak and did not allow debate on the noconfidence motion.

Rohani violated provisions of article 194 (1) wherein it is clearly stated there shall be freedom of speech in the Legislature of every state, Yadav said. from advocate general of the state RD Jain on the issue, Jain refused to comment saying “I am an advocate and we don’t divulge things that we are asked.”

Meanwhile, political circles agog with speculations over the governor’s letter on Saturday were relatively calm on Sunday with the chief minister giving final touches to his Jan Ashirwad Yatra, leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh and Congress legislators remaining busy with the mock show of the proceedings in the state assembly on July 11 and office in Raj Bhavan remaining closed.

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