'Disqualification issue not allowed at Speakers' meet'

Assembly Speaker K G Bopaiah on Tuesday expressed displeasure over the decision of the Presiding Officers' Committee headed by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar not to allow him to raise the issue of disqualification of 16 Karnataka MLAs at the annual Speakers’ conference held in Jaipur in September last.

Replying to a query by reporters, he said the Committee refused to include the issue on the agenda. "You know how the parliamentary system is functioning. I do not want to comment more," he said.

Bopaiah had disqualified 16 MLAs, including five independents, in October 2010 for withdrawing support to the BJP government. The Speaker's order was, however, struck down by the Supreme Court. He wanted to raise the issue at the conference and discuss about the infringement of the Speaker's rights.

Asked whether the apex court’s decision to strike down his order amounted to infringement of the Speaker's right, Bopaiah only said: "I do not want to comment anything."

Legislature session

The 10-day Legislature session will commence from January 30 with Governor H R Bhardwaj’s address to both Houses at 12.15 pm, he said.

Bopaiah said a new bill - the Karnataka Municipalities and Certain other Law (Amendment) Bill, 2011 will be introduced in the Assembly. Two other Bills that have been already introduced in the House will be taken up for discussion. They are: the Sahyadri Heritage Development Authority Bill, 2011 and the Karnataka Janapada Vishwavidyalaya Bill, 2011.

Legislative Council Chairman D H Shankarmurthy said the meeting notice will be sent to BJP MLC G Janardhan Reddy, who is presently lodged at Chanchalguda jail in Hyderabad over charges of illegal mining. The notice will be sent to the jail superintendent, and it is up to the jail authorities to allow him to attend the session or not.

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