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Opposition seeks nod for motion to remove Speaker

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‘Bopaiah has failed to discharge his duties impartially'

Firm stand: Congress leader Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal (S) leader H.D. Revanna addressing presspersons at the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy
Firm stand: Congress leader Siddaramaiah and Janata Dal (S) leader H.D. Revanna addressing presspersons at the Vidhana Soudha in Bangalore on Thursday. — Photo: V. Sreenivasa Murthy

The Congress and Janata Dal (S) on Thursday gave a notice seeking to move a motion against Speaker K.G. Bopaiah accusing him of not performing his duties as per House rules.

Addressing presspersons here on Thursday, Leader of the Opposition Siddaramaiah said: “we have already given a notice seeking permission to move the motion for removal of the Speaker.”

He acted in a partisan manner and had not been conducting the proceedings of the House as per rules, the Congress leader alleged.

The Speaker had failed to perform his duties impartially while conducting the proceedings.

“The Speaker adopted a device to suspend MLAs during the no-confidence motion against the Government. The has Speaker hatched a conspiracy to suspend Opposition legislators to keep the Government in majority,” he alleged.

“The Speaker is not consulting the Opposition and is taking decisions unilaterally.” The Speaker failed to oblige the Opposition's demands, and there was no point attending a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee, Mr. Siddaramaiah said.

During the recent political crisis, the Speaker disqualified 11 BJP rebel MLAs and five Independents after they submitted a letter to the Governor withdrawing support to the Yeddyurappa Government. The Karnataka High Court upheld the Speaker's order disqualifying 11 rebel MLAs, while petitions challenging the action against the independent MLAs are pending before the court.

Speaking to presspersons, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister S. Suresh Kumar termed as baseless the Opposition charge against the Speaker.

Meanwhile in the Legislative Council, D.S. Veeranna and Doddarange Gowda of the BJP have given a petition seeking Chairman D.H. Shankaramurthy's consent to move a motion in the House for removal of Deputy Chairman Puttanna.

Both MLCs accused Mr. Puttanna (JD-S) of being partisan in discharging his duties in the House.

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