Gujarat legislators to take oath on Jan 23

The newly-elected legislators of Gujarat Assembly would be administered oath of office on January 23, more than a month after the election to  the 182-member House.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Pradipsinh Jadeja, in an official communique, said that a pro-tem speaker would be elected in accordance with Section 188 of the Constitution, who would convene the 14th state Legislative Assembly and administer oath of office to the elected legislators.

The results of the last Gujarat Assembly election were declared on December 18, 2017. However, the newly formed government led by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani took more than a month to convene a session for the oath-taking.  

In a fiercely fought election, BJP saw its tally reduce to 99 seats from 115 it had won in   the 2012 Assembly polls. The principal Opposition party Congress, for its part, won 77 seats, its highest tally in over two decades.

Some quarters of political class  questioned the  delay in calling the first session. "In case of a clear majority, it is the prerogative of the government to decide when to call the first session. Also, they may have waited for Prime Minister Modi and Israeli PM's visit to the state," Shaktisinh Gohel, senior Congress leader and lawyer, said.

The first full session would be called in the second week of February. The budget session is slated to begin in the third week of February and continue till March 31, the minister said.

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