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Updated on: Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 10:12 PM IST

Maharashtra Assembly Speaker election: 'Pained to see intemperate tone,' says Guv BS Koshyari on letter addressed to him by MVA govt

Maharashtra Guv BS Koshyari | PTI

Maharashtra Guv BS Koshyari | PTI

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As the saying goes, the devil is in the details. The Maharashtra Governor BS Koshyari, who had said holding assembly Speaker’s election through voice vote instead of secret ballot with the amendments in the rules was in violation of constitution, has objected to the language used by the Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in his letter seeking his approval. The Maha Vikas Agdhadi backtracked from holding assembly Speaker’s election on Tuesday, which was the last day of the winter session after Governor’s scathing remarks.

Koshyari in his reply, which is in the possession of the Free Press Journal, said ‘’I am personally pained and dismayed to see the intemperate tone and threatening tenor of your letter which has belittled and denigrated the highest Constitutional Office of the Governor.’’

The Governor was perturbed over the CM’s letter in which he said the laws passed by the legislature and its rules do not come under his purview. ‘’The Governor has no powers to scrutinize laws enacted by the legislature and therefore there is no need to unnecessarily waste time in checking whether or not it is legal,’’ added CM in his letter which was also assessed by the Free Press Journal.

However, Governor in his reply said the rules were in violation of the constitution. He further noted, ‘’ I have never questioned the prerogative of the House in the matter of its procedure/proceedings, however, I cannot be pressurized to give consent to a process which prima facie appears to be unconstitutional and illegal as enshrined in the Article 208 of the Constitution.’’

‘’I have taken a solemn oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution under Article 159. Consent for holding of the Speaker’s election under the amended rules, which prima facie appear to be unconstitutional and illegal, cannot be given at this stage,’’ said the Governor. He further noted, ‘’You have mentioned that the said Rules have been framed under Article 208 of the Constitution. I would be pertinent to mention that the same Article clearly elucidates that A House of the Legislature of a State may make rules for regulating, subject to the provisions of this Constitution, its procedure and conduct of its business.’’

In view of such harsh words, the NCP Chief Sharad Pawar intervened and after holding talks with CM Uddhav Thackeray the Speaker’s election was put off to avoid the legal and constitutional crisis including inviting the imposition of President’s rule.

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Published on: Wednesday, December 29, 2021, 10:12 PM IST
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