I played by the rules: Speaker

I played by the rules: Speaker

I played by the rules: Speaker

Speaking to reporters after the trust vote which was held amid pandemonium scenes, Bopaiah justified passing of confidence motion by voice vote, saying there was no demand seeking division of votes. “Nobody demanded division of votes. So where is the question of division of votes,” he said.

Here is what the Speaker had to say on various issue:

There was no order in the House when the trust vote was conducted

It is common. I told the members to get back to their seats. But they did not. I went ahead with proceedings as per rules. As per the direction of the Governor, there was a time frame within which the trust vote had to be conducted.

On the disqualification of five independents

As per the 10th schedule of the Constitution, independents joining any other political party are liable to be disqualified. The petitioners provided documents to substantiate that they (independents) have joined a particular political party.

On the legislators being disqualified just hours before the proceedings of the trust vote

I have the powers to do so as per the Constitution and the Anti-Defection Law. The institution of the Speaker has quasi-judicial powers.