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Speaker disallows Opposition motion

By Our Special Correspondent

CHANDIGARH, FEB. 10. The Haryana Vidhan Sabha Speaker, Satbir Singh Kadian, today rejected a motion moved by the Opposition under Rule 171 seeking dissolution of the Assembly and fresh elections along with the ensuing Lok Sabha polls. This led to heated exchanges between the Opposition and the Treasury Benches.

As soon as Zero Hour started, the former Minister and MLA, Karan Singh Dalal, and the Congress MLAs led by the Leader of the Opposition, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and the former Chief Minister and Pradesh Congress Committee president, Bhajan Lal, pleaded for permission to move the motion which was turned down by Mr.Kadian on the ground that the statutory 15-day notice had not been given. Mr.Hooda while agreeing that the stipulated condition had not been met, said a perusal of the Rules indicated that the Speaker could use his discretion to allow the motion on a short notice also. He disclosed that the Congress had brought the motion on the assurance given by the Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, that in case such a motion was brought, the Indian National Lok Dal would support it.

Matters got to a head when Mr.Chautala intervened and asserted that the opposition leaders not only lacked knowledge about the Constitution but were not serious towards the people of Haryana, the Constitution or even towards yourself'.'' He further asserted that the Opposition demand for dissolution of the House one year before the scheduled completion of the term had no validity whatsoever as his Government was stable and no circumstances existed warranting immediate dissolution of the House. Mr.Chautala and his son, Abhey Singh, laced their remarks with comments about the internal bickerings in the Congress which led to sharp protests. They further asserted that any member who wished to resign now and contest Vidhan Sabha by-elections was free to do so. Mr.Chautala also remarked that the Congress leaders would find it difficult to survive politically after the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls.

Later, talking to mediapersons in the press lounge of the Vidhan Sabha, Mr.Hooda admitted that the opposition had brought the motion on the advice of Mr.Chautala and it was surprising that he had now backtracked on the issue after the break-up of the alliance between the INLD and the BJP.

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