Hooda eyes a whirlwind assembly session

Opposition left fuming
Last Updated 27 October 2009, 18:54 IST

While the Opposition parties are already crying foul over the crowded agenda listed for the single day session, constitutional experts are also questioning the tearing hurry shown by the new government.

Din and chaos are expected in the house as the Opposition led by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) is itching to nail the new government. However, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda does not want to give enough time to the Opposition to train guns at him.
A look at the listed business in the state assembly itself is self-revealing. The MLAs would be administered the oath of office in the morning.

Then, there would be the election to the posts of the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. The session would then move to obituary references, then the Governor’s address which would be followed by a discussion on the Governor’s address. After that,  the motion of thanks on the Governor’s address would be moved.

Opposition parties led by the INLD and the BJP have alleged that the government was apprehensive that it would not be able to keep the flock of legislators supporting it intact.

“They are scared of losing the MLAs. Many of them, including Independent MLAs, have been held captive by the Congress,” alleged Ajay Chautala, secretary general of the INLD.

He alleged that many MLAs had not been allowed to visit even their families by the Congress.

From the cramped agenda, it is clear that there would be hardly any time left for the members to discuss the Governor’s address, which is an important document listing the government’s policies and priorities.

(Published 27 October 2009, 18:54 IST)

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