Winter session of MP Assembly starts

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 Jan 2019 11:24:09


Staff Reporter,

Ex-Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan accuses Government of ignoring seniormost MLAs in naming Pro-tem Speaker

Winter session of Madhya Pradesh Assembly started on Monday morning. On the first day of session, newly-elected members took oath in the presence of Pro-tem Speaker Deepak Saxena. Assembly commenced its proceeding with recital of Vande Mataram. Later, one-minute silence was observed. When the listed work for the day started, former Chief Minister and BJP MLA from Budhni, Shivraj Singh Chouhan interrupted in the middle and took objection by stating that it is the tradition of House that senior most member is made Pro-tem Speaker. He cited reference of Parliament by saying that current CM Kamal Nath had been Pro-tem Speaker. Other than this, late Jamuna Devi was Pro-tem Speaker during BJP government in the year 2003.

Pro-tem Speaker Deepak Saxena tried to stop him by saying that he can express his views after the oath-taking process of members is over, but Shivraj Singh Chouhan continued his stand. Chouhan said that he did not have objection on any name but there are many senior most members, including Gopal Bhargava, K P Singh, Bisahulal Singh etc.

He told that House is having eight-time MLAs but a four-time MLA has been made Pro-tem Speaker and this is against the old traditions of House. He told that he expects that traditions of House would not be broken.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Govind Singh intervened and told that objection of ex-CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is not Constitutional. BJP MLA and ex-Minister Dr Narottam Mishra also accused Congress government of by-passing tradition in naming Pro-tem Speaker. Dr Govind Singh said that Governor appointed Pro-tem Speaker by following all the constitutional norms. Hence, objection of ex-CM is against the norms.

In the meantime, Pro-tem Speaker announced that members will take oath of their post and office. Ex-CM and BJP MLA Shivraj Singh Chouhan was called first for oath and after him, Dr Govind Singh, all 28 Cabinet ministers including Balabachchan, Arif Aqueel, Hukum Singh Karada, Brijendra Singh Rathore, Pradeep Jaiswal, Lakhan Singh Yadav, Tulsiram Silawat, Govind Singh Rajput, Imarti Devi, Omkar Singh Markam, Dr Prabhuram Chaudhary, Priyavrath Singh, Sukhdev Panse, Umang Singhar, Harsh Yadav, Jaivardhan Singh, Jeetu Patwari, Kamleshwar Singh Patel, PC Sharma, Mahendra Singh Sisodia, Pradhyuman Singh Tomar, Sachin Yadav, Surendra Honey Singh Baghel and Tarun Bhanot took the oath.Some members including Laxman Singh, Arvind Singh Bhadoria took oath in Sanskrit. Arif Masood took oath in Urdu. Otherwise maximum members took oath in Hindi. Total 226 MLAs took oath on Monday. Remaining four members will take oath on Tuesday.