BHOPAL: Election of Speaker of the 15th MP Assembly that led to acrimonious scenes and boycott of the proceedings by the BJP after the pro tem Speaker refused to let former chief minister and BJP MLA Shivraj Singh Chouhan propose the name of Vijay Shah as BJP’s candidate for the Speaker was as per rule laid down in the book.
While the BJP cried murder of democracy, assembly secretariat said the election of Congress candidate NP Prajapati was in accordance with the Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business in Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly. Before the election of Speaker in the House on Tuesday, both Congress-led government and Opposition BJP were quoting the same rule book and interpreting the Rule 7 laid down for Speaker’s election in their own way.
Former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan claimed, “The pro tem Speaker permitted only Congress candidate’s name to be proposed. He did not permit me to propose the name of Vijay Shah.”
Countering this chief minister Kamal Nath said: “They (BJP) knew since morning that they did not have the numbers. For the past 15 days, they are repeating that this is a minority government. We wanted to prove to them that this is a majority government.”
Minister for legislative affairs Dr Govind Singh, LoP Gopal Bhargava, former speaker Sitasharan Sharma, former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, former minister for legislative affairs Narottam Mishra were all quoting Rule 7. Speaking to principal secretary state assembly, Avdesh Pratap Singh, TOI asked about the provision of Rule 7 of the Rules of Procedures and Conduct of Business in Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly.
“Election of Speaker falls in Rule 7 (iv) of the rule book. We have to be clear here that election of Speaker is not a regular type of election where the candidate or nominee fills his or her own form,” Singh explained.
“It is an election after a proposal made by members of the House. The Rule Book provides that the proposals are to be dealt with in sequence or progression. The first proposal is to be addressed first and if more than 50% members pass the same, then the next proposal is not required,” he added.