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Chandre Gowda comes out in defence of Speaker Bopaiah

Staff Correspondent

‘Only House can decide on Speaker's continuance'



D.B. Chandre Gowda

Mysore: D.B. Chandre Gowda, Bharatiya Janata Party MP representing Bangalore North, in an apparent move to defend Speaker of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly K.G. Bopaiah, said that only the House can take a decision on the continuance of the Speaker, and not court.

His observations came in the wake of the Supreme Court observations with regard to the disqualification of the BJP and independent MLAs. Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, Mr. Chandre Gowda said that the Speaker had exercised his quasi-judicial powers to disqualify legislators. Though it was upheld by the High Court, the Supreme Court observed that certain procedural lapses had taken place and extraneous considerations had prompted Mr. Bopaiah to pass the order. Mr. Chandre Gowda said the court had not said that the Speaker should be punished. He claimed that he knew the powers of the Speaker as he had occupied that office in the past.

Mr. Chandre Gowda said the boycott of the Assembly session by the Congress and the JD(S) was unfortunate. He appealed to the Opposition parties to attend the session in the interest of the people of the State.

The court did not say that Speaker had no powers to pass orders which the incumbent deemed fit. The court, in its judicial review, had only stated that procedures were not properly followed while announcing the disqualifications. When certain presspersons persisted with the issue, Mr. Chandre Gowda said, “I will not question the conduct of the Speaker”. The Speaker will enjoy the office as long he enjoys the support of the legislators.

Support for Ramdev

While condemning the sudden swoop on Baba Ramdev and his followers at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi recently, Mr. Chandre Gowda said the Centre should have created a conducive atmosphere to facilitate talks instead of sending mediators to meet Ramdev, he said, adding that he supported the BJP Central leadership on the demand to convene Parliament session to discuss the issue.

Chairman of the Mysore Urban Development Authority Nagendra, was present.

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