In a season of firsts, Madhya Pradesh assembly administration has clearly spelled out dos and don'ts to the MLAs when the House meets for a day on March 24 to pass the second supplementary budget of the state government.
It was for the first time that governor's address in the House was boycotted by the Opposition Congress in the budget session, it was again for the first time that an FIR was lodged against governor while the House was in session and yet he signed the notification to declare the House adjourned sine die and perhaps, it was again the first, when budget session was adjourned a month ahead of schedule after passing the annual budget without debate.
Now, when the House is meeting again on March 24, business agenda clearly advises all the MLAs to remember provisions of rule 251 while speaking.
Then it goes to spell out the dos and don'ts for the MLAs. Like, a member would not raise any issue which is sub-judice, no member would make personal allegations against any other member, will not raise any objection to a decision taken by the House other than proposing to annual it.
Since the Opposition Congress had not allowed the chief minister to speak in the House during budget session, the dos and don'ts prescribed by the assembly administration clearly lays down 'people with high statutory position' would not be obstructed in the House except under proper rules.
Leader of Opposition in the assembly Satyadev Katare, while strongly reacting to the language of the text said, "Everyone knows about rule 215 but it has been done to scare the Opposition. We shall not take lying down. They can't run the House according to their whims and fancies. You will see our protest in the House."
Principal secretary, state assembly, Bhagwandev Israni, however, said that a Ethic Committee has now been formed to ensure smooth functioning of the House and if somebody dares break the rules, the new committee will take immediate cognizance and action would follow.