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CHIKMAGALUR: Jagadish Shettar, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, said on Tuesday that the Assembly should be in session at least for 100 days in a year. This would enable legislators, who had been elected for the first time, to participate in the debate.

Addressing presspersons here, Mr. Shettar, however, regretted that the Assembly was not meeting even for 60 days in a year.

He would discuss the matter with the House Advisory Committee, he said.

Stating that the dates of the Assembly session should be announced well in advance as was being done in the Lok Sabha, Mr. Shettar stressed the need for improving the quality of discussions instead of wasting time on noisy demonstrations.

Pointing out that using his powers to discipline unruly members would spoil the atmosphere of this august body, he said that though a workshop conducted by the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam had been appreciated by the legislators, there was scope for further improvement in the overall performance of the members.

Expressing satisfaction over his performance as the Speaker, he reiterated that he did not aspire to become a minister.

Mr. Shettar participated in the “Dasara Durbar” organised by Sri Rambhapuri Math on Monday.

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