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Sir, your ruling awaited!

NEARLY 22 months after Samanta Party MLA Harivallabh Shukla unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha election on the BJP ticket fromGuna, State Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani is yet to decide whether the MLA should be disqualified from the House. This is among a host of issues on which the Opposition wants a quick decision from the Speaker but is not articulating its anguish lest it is seen as casting an aspersion on the Chair?s functioning.

india Updated: Mar 21, 2006 13:09 IST

NEARLY 22 months after Samanta Party MLA Harivallabh Shukla unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha election on the BJP ticket fromGuna, State Assembly Speaker Ishwardas Rohani is yet to decide whether the MLA should be disqualified from the House. This is among a host of issues on which the Opposition wants a quick decision from the Speaker but is not articulating its anguish lest it is seen as casting an aspersion on the Chair’s functioning.

However, Speaker Ishwardas Rohani told the Hindustan Times that the issue of Shukla’s disqualification does not hinge on his ruling. “It’s a judicial process where all parties concerned need to be given adequate time to present their side and therefore the matter would obviously take time,” he clarified.

But a perception is growing for sometime now that the Speaker not only delays ruling on important issues but also seems to forget his own assurances regarding debate on issues of public importance.

For instance, Rohani’s ruling is still awaited on whether BJP MLA from Indore Usha Thakur or any other MLA be allowed inside the House with dagger (katar).

He had promised to give his ruling the very next day since the issue was raised in the House, point out Congress MLAs. However, sources close to Rohani have a different story to tell.

They say the Speaker deferred ruling on the issue at the request of Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi who had raised the issue.

Usha Thakur met Jamuna Devi and persuaded her not to press for a ruling on the issue. The Speaker had also assured half an hour debate on high infant and maternal mortality rates in the State on Jamuna Devi’s question in the current session but the debate never took place.

Rohani said that there was never an instance where he had assured debate on an issue and did not allow it later. “The debate you are talking about must have been assured in the monsoon session and not the previous session. And, if it did not take place, the Opposition members should take the blame for it because they did not allow the House to function for a vast stretch of time,” he said.

The Opposition MLAs also point out that the unprecedented brawl witnessed in the House between the treasury benches and the Opposition following demand for immediate debate over havoc wreaked by hailstorms could have been avoided had the Speaker been prompt in deciding timing and date for debate under section 139 as he had promised.

“He himself assured a detailed debate over the issue and when Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi sought to know when he said I will decide at the earliest and let you know.” But for next couple of days, he did not speak about it at all, said one of the MLAs involved in the scuffle.

Rohani does not agree. “I had told them that debate would take place the next day, the same morning they raised uproar on the issue. Maybe the member, whom you are referring to, was not present then. But, records of House proceedings are available to find out the truth,” he said.

When contacted for comment, Leader of Opposition Jamuna Devi said that Speaker is the supreme authority in the House and any comment on his functioning would not be appropriate. “But, debates on issues of public importance should be held on time, otherwise they become absurd,” she added.


It’s (Shukla’s disqualification) a judicial process where all parties concerned need to be given adequate time to present their side and therefore the matter would obviously take time