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Rao Rajendra Singh bats for governor's constitutional rights

Friday, 24 January 2014 - 2:50pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA

When the House reassembled after the governor’s address, BJP MLA Rao Rajendra Singh objected to the interruptions made by the BJP members including the parliamentary affairs minister and his senior colleague Rajendra Rathore.

The Shahpura MLA said, “it was the right of governor to make the complete address in the House in a language of his/her choice, and that of the House to be able to hear the complete address.”

Hinting at Rathore’s comment that “speech be considered read”, Singh added that such interruptions infringe upon members’ right to hear the complete address. “We’ve made a tradition about when and where would a certain language be adopted. If a governor wishes to make the address in another recognised language would we not allow him/her to speak?” Singh said.

Interestingly, he was backed by Congress’ Pradyuman Singh who said that some conclusion needs to be reached upon on this issue. “It shows disrespect to the governor,” he said adding that this is a violation of the Constitution.

The veteran Congress leader suggested that the Speaker may discuss the issue with members of all parties and arrive at a decision. To which the Speaker agreed.

Defending his stance, the parliamentary affairs minister Rajendra Rathore said that there have been instances in the past when the address was considered read after a few lines of the address. “The decision of which language the governor would address the House in is not of one person. When I proposed that she could consider her address read, the House, by remaining silent, gave its consent,” Rathore added.

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