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MLAs violate rule on taking oath

Bangalore, May 30, 2013, DHNS :

Ignore instruction to swear only in God's name even on Day 2

BJP MLA from Aurad, Prabhu Chavan, decked up in ethnic Lambani attire, arrives at the Assembly session in Bangalore on Thursday. dh photo

Many of the newly-elected lawmakers, on Thursday, continued to break the rule book, while taking oath as members of the Assembly.

Despite clear instructions from pro tem Speaker Malikayya Guttedar that the oath should be taken as per the prescribed format and not as per their whims and fancies, many legislators ignored him.

The oath as MLA should be taken only in the name of God and not in the name of any others.

For example, JD(S) legislator Chikkamadu took oath in the name of voters of his constituency. Similarly, Congress MLA Vinay Kumar took oath in the name of social reformer Basaveshwara.

On Wednesday too, several legislators had taken oath in the names of their choice.
Senior Congress MLA Basavaraj Rayaraddy had petitioned the pro tem Speaker, raising objection to those who took oath in the names of their choice.

The pro tem Speaker ruled that the oath should be taken only in the name of God. This is not all. Senior Congress leader Vasanth Bangera took oath in Tulu. Speaker Guttedar took objection to it and made Bangera take oath again in Kannada. Dr Umesh Jadhav of the Congress took oath in English.

As many as 70 legislators, including JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy, took oath as MLAs on the second day of the maiden session of the 14th Assembly. Of the total current strength of 223 in the House, seven are yet to take oath.

They include D K Shivakumar (Congress) and BSR Congress chief B Sriramulu.

Kagodu files papers

Senior Congress leader Kagodu Thimmappa is all set to be elected the Speaker unopposed. He was the lone candidate to file the nomination papers for the election to the post on Thursday. The announcement of his election will be made on Friday.

The Congress Legislature Party meeting is scheduled to be held at 9 am on Friday.
The party legislators want to discuss, among other things, tenders finalised by the previous BJP government for municipal projects.

They want the government to scrap these projects and allow re-tendering as recommended by the new legislators, sources said.


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