K'taka Legislative Council can function during Prez's rule: Patil

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New Delhi, Nov 29 (UNI) In a land mark decision concerning the powers and privileges of Legislative Councils in the states under President's Rule, Home Minister Shivraj Patil today agreed with the contention of a delegation of Karnataka Legislative Council that the Centre's rule can't take away the rights, privileges and responsibilities of the Upper Chamber of the State Legislature.

Responding to the issues raised by an All Party MLCs of Karnataka, Mr Patil said there should be no hurdle for the Karnataka Legislature to hold its sittings before February four under Article 174 of the Constitution which provides that the the two sittings of the House can't exceed six months.

The last meeting of the Council was held on August four.

Mr Patil was of the feeling that there should be no bar on the working of the exclusive House Committees while the Joint Legislature Committee's cease to exist, Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman B K Chandrashekhar told newspersons after his meeting with Mr Patil.

He said the issues he had raised with Karnataka Governor last month when Karnataka was placed under President's Rule because several Constitutional provisions, including Article 174, 194 providing for the Governor to summon the Houses of Legislature and Article 208 under which the House frames its rules for its conduct would be suspended.

Since the Legislative Council is a continuous body, its rights, responsibilities and privileges could not be taken away. ''To our pleasant surprise, whatever apprehensions we had seemed unintentional after our discussions with Mr Patil.'' With this exclusive House Committees like Petitions Committee, Assurances Committee, Privileges Committee, House Committee, Ethics Committee can function according to the rules of the House during the President's rule where the Lower House stood dissolved, he said. UNI

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