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?I give enough opportunities to Opposition?

Opposition leaders complain that they don?t get enough opportunity to raise issues against the State Government in the House.

india Updated: Nov 14, 2006 17:41 IST

Opposition leaders complain that they don’t get enough opportunity to raise issues against the State Government in the House.

I deny this allegation. They (Opposition members) get more than adequate opportunity. But, at times they insist on debates in violation of the rules of the House. For instance, the Leader of Opposition was insisting on adjournment motion over Prof Sabharwal’s death whereas rules clearly say that any matter, which is sub-judice, would not be taken up through an adjournment motion.

But Jamuna Devi says you had agreed to allow debate on the issue through an adjournment motion. Half of them (Opposition members) insisted on an adjournment motion on Sabharwal’s death and the rest were equally insistent on an adjournment motion on killing of villagers by Gadaria gang.

I shouldn’t be blamed for lack of coordination among them. Not only on the proceedings, the Opposition members should show unanimity on how they propose to take up issues for debate as well.

Outbreak of chikungunya and dengue epidemic in the State could not be debated despite the issue being listed in the agenda for an elaborate debate under Section 139 on all days of the session?

There had been quite an elaborate debate on the issue during the Question Hour on one of the days. I had also allowed a debate of more than half an hour on DMAT –2006 bungling.

And, on the last day of the session I allowed debate on as many as 10 calliing attention motions, relaxing rules. This never happened during the 10-year Congress rule when Sriniwas Tiwari was the Speaker.

We invariably find two calling attention motions on minor issues in the initial days of the session, and, all of a sudden, 60 or even more calling attention motions come up on the last couple of days.

According to rules, there can be debate only on two calling attention motions in a day. We relax rules to take up more motions so that at least written replies are received to the call attention motions that could not be taken up for debate.
There have only been 103 Assembly sittings in the three years of BJP rule. Don’t you think there should be more sittings of the House?

Duration of a session is decided by the government. When the file is placed before me, I send it to the Governor for notification. Similarly, the government also decides business of the House. The Opposition is wrong if it is holding me responsible for short duration of the sessions.