Chairman urges Governor to modify proclamation of President's Rule

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Bangalore, Nov 5 (UNI) Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman B K Chandrashekar today appealed to Governor Rameshwar Thakur to modify the October 9 proclamation of President's Rule keeping the Assembly under suspended animation.

In a letter addressed to the Governor, a copy of which was released to the Press here, he said the modification was necessary to enable the Legislative Council to discharge its duties and responsibilities.

Prof Chandrashekar said the President issued a proclamation under Article 356 of the Constitution. It suspended the operation of several provisions of the Constitution in relation to the State including Article 174 (1) and Sub-clause (a) of clause (2) of Article 174, provisions of which would deal with summoning each House of the Legislature of the State and their prorogation.

''In the absence of an elected Government functioning in the State, after acceptance of the resignation of previous Council of Ministers headed by Mr H D Kumaraswamy, the Houses of the State Legislature cannot be summoned. The Legislative Assembly is in a state of suspended animation. Surprisingly, however, the Constitutional provision relating to powers, privileges etc of the Legislative Council, its members and of committees thereof have been suspended. The Constitutional provision making the Rules of Procedure (Article 208) has also been suspended,'' he said.

''As a result, the various committees constituted under the provisions are unnecessarily prevented from transacting the business,'' he added.

''The Council members are unjustly denied not only the Constitutional protection under Article 194, but also prevented from discharging their legitimate duties and responsibilities. I am of the view that while issuing theproclamation under Article 356, it should have been made applicable only to the members of the Assembly,'' Mr Chandrashekar opined.

He said the MLCs had represented against deprivation of their rights to function in the discharge of their duties as members of various Committees formed under the Rules of Procedure.

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