Monday, March 21, 2016
Even the Hyderabad High Court Division Bench took up the case of YSRCP MLA R.K.Roja’s suspension, Andhra Pradesh State Assembly once again asserted its decision of suspension of Roja.
Finance Minister Yanamala Ramakrishnudu speaking in the Assembly without Opposition said that the Privileges Committee has recommended the suspension of Roja for one year, decision on Kodali Nani left to the Assembly while three MLAs of YSRCP Jyothula Nehru, Ch.Bhaskar Reddy and K.Sridhar Reddy tendered their apologies. Yanamala Ramakrishnudu said that it has decided to give one more chance to hear her stand and resolved to continue her suspension till she appeared before the panel.
Assembly is supreme
Yanamala Ramakrishnudu Quoting Articles 122, 212 of the Constitution said that the Assembly is supreme and the Speaker had ample powers. The House had absolute power to amend or suspend the rules to overcome the hurdles in smooth conduct of the proceedings.
Privileges committee recommends penal provisions:
The privileges committee that submitted its report to the House said that the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Assembly should be suitably amended to incorporate provisions for maintaining order and discipline in the House and to improve the efficacy of functioning of the legislature. The panel felt that the Speaker should be empowered with adequate provisions in the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business to enforce strict order in the House. It also felt that there should be a provision for cutting the daily allowance of the members who make running commentaries persistently and intentionally causing disturbance to the proceedings. The committee recalled the existing rules which stipulated that members should not bring cell phones, pagers or play cassettes or tape recorders in the House or in galleries. If they are brought, they will be seized and this should be enforced impartially and strictly.
YSRCP dismisses recommendations
The YSRCP dismissed the recommendations of the Privileges committee as it had not taken cognizance of the 20 notices served by the main Opposition for its consideration. The party had complained against the Chief Minister, his Cabinet colleagues and MLAs for their remarks but no action was forthcoming this regard.