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Updated: June 12, 2012 12:00 IST

'Decisions taken in best interests of the State'

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Speaker Nandendla Manohar
Speaker Nandendla Manohar

The State and the Assembly have gone through difficult situations during the last one year and he tried to be objective in all his decisions in the House and outside, Speaker Nandendla Manohar, who completes one-year in office on Tuesday, has said.

Addressing a press meet here on Monday on the eve of his one-year in office Mr. Manohar said all his decisions were based on Parliamentary traditions and opinion of the legal experts. He attributed the “delay” in some of his decisions such as acceptance of resignations of Congress MLAs owing allegiance to Y.S.R. Congress Party to the “best interests of the State”.

“My aim was to take a good decision by consulting all and in that process some delay was caused”, he explained. Stating that he was in favour of bringing in more reforms in the functioning of the Assembly and performance of the members Mr. Manohar noted that any such steps would be to improve transparency and accountability.

The decision to form department-wise standing committees was one such step, which would help improve the members' knowledge, , the Speaker said. On the spate of by-elections in the State in the recent years, Mr. Manohar said there were 65 by-elections in the last six years and it had not only cost the EC Rs.5 crore per constituency but also led to wastage of opportunity and time available to elected representatives to serve people. There was no legislation in the country to deny a resigned or disqualified member to contest another election till the next elections, he said.

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