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Speaker justifies decision to summon session

Pandey says he had adjourned the House sine die on Dec 15 and now he had summoned session, reports M Hasan.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2007 23:33 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan

The assembly speaker Mata Prasad Pandey on Wednesday justified his decision to summon session of the House on January 15.

Talking to newsmen on Wednesday Pandey said he had adjourned the House sine die on December 15 and now using his powers he had summoned session on January 15.

Pandey said he did not know about the decision of state Cabinet or the Governor to prorogue the House. The speaker said he had so far not received any written communication from the Governor in this connection. Pandey said if any information about prorogation of the House would come, he would then take appropriate decision.

However the Leader of Opposition and senior BJP leader Lalji Tandon said the summoning of special session on January 15 was illegal. But instead of boycotting the session, Tandon said the party would attend it to register its protest.

Tandon said there was procedure to summon the House. He said once the Cabinet sent its recommendation for prorogation of the House to Raj Bhawan and the Governor approved it, then the speaker decision to call the session in continuation was unconstitutional.

He said efforts were being made to push the  state to constitutional crisis because there was utter violation of rule and traditions. He said the government should follow the rule to summon the fresh session. He said House could be summoned only on notice of 14 days.

Sharply reacting to the government decision, the UPCC spokesman Akhilesh Pratap Singh said the chief minister had been trying to mislead the people by calling special session. He said the chief minister had announced about adjournment of House at the last sitting in December and had even extended greetings to members.

Singh said the chief minister had been using the Constitution according to his own suitability. He said Yadav had been making mockery of the constitution. Singh said the Yadav government had already lost people’s trust and now after breaking of ties with Rashtriya Lok Dal it had lost majority in the House. He alleged that chief minister had been trying to stick to power to misuse it during election. 

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