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MP governor Tandon writes to speaker after Cong’s fall, suggests to appoint protem speaker

BHOPAL: A day after BJP’s complaint against speaker NP Prajapati and demand to appoint a protem speaker after the resignation of chief minister Kamal Nath, governor Lalji Tandon in a letter to the Speaker suggested to quit his post to honour the tradition after Congress lost power in the state. The governor also cited a no-confidence motion moved by the BJP in the assembly secretariat against the speaker and said that it should be taken up on priority when the session is convened.
“I have received a memorandum dated March 21 from the Leader of Opposition (LoP) Gopal Bhargava stating that presently in Madhya Pradesh there is neither the leader of the House nor the House is functioning. In such situation, when the House is in sleeping state, policy decisions should not be taken by the speaker, which is hurting or helping anyone. But, decisions are being taken every day with political motive which are contrary to the interests of the common man,” read the letter by Tandon.
He further said that the BJP has submitted a no-confidence motion against the speaker in the assembly secretariat but, no action was taken till date. “Until the no-confidence motion is decided by the house, I expect you to work in accordance with the constitution, assembly rules and morality by studying the legality of every subject,” stated the governor.
Tandon also referred to the resignation letter of BJP MLA Sharad Kol on March 6, after which Kol had claimed that he had sent another letter on March 16 requesting the Speaker not to accept his resignation but, he accepted the same.
Tandon said, “The BJP has demanded that a protem speaker should be appointed to ensure that constitutional values and democratic traditions’ are followed. The LoP has also said that the Speaker is following unlawful procedure to accept Kol’s resignation.”
Besides attaching copies of complaints by the BJP, the governor also quoted a constitutional expert’s opinion that when a government falls, the speaker and the deputy speaker appointed in that regime should resign. Both the speaker Prajapati and deputy speaker Heena Kavre belong to the Congress party.
“The opinion of the constitution expert is attached with this letter for your observation, in which he has stated that the speaker and deputy speaker elected from that party must give resignation after being ousted from the power as per the tradition,” state the governor’s letter.
Tandon said after the (speaker’s) resignation, the principal secretary of assembly will carry out the normal day to day work as per the (speaker’s) instructions. “I expect you (speaker) to work on the statutory position of each subject on the basis of constitution, legislative rules and ethics, till the decision on the no-confidence motion presented against you is taken by the House,” said Tandon.
Amid political crisis in Madhya Pradesh, governor Tandon and speaker Prajapati were engaged in a war of words over missing legislators, who had sent their resignations through BJP leader Bhupendra Singh from Banagaluru. Later, speaker had also accepted the resignation of BJP MLA Kol ignoring his appeal to withdraw the same.

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