M C Nanaiah urges Prof Chandrashekhar to act impartially

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Bangalore, Jan 1 (UNI) Former Minister and senior Janata Dal leader M C Nanaiah have urged the Karnataka Legislative Council Chairman Prof B K Chandrashekhar to act in a non-partison manner and take a decision on the post of the leader of opposition in Council.

Addressing newsmen here today, Mr Nanaiah, said that following proclamation of president's rule in Karnataka the Legislative Council had been suspended and cannot be functioned without the presence of any ruling party and government.

Stating that with the imposition of President's rule under Article 356 of the Indian Constitution the provision of Article 274 under which the Council shall have to meet at least once in six months became in fractious.

Mr Nanaiah also informed according to his information the Opposition leader in Karnataka Legislative Council Mr H K Patil has submitted his resignation to his post following dissolution of Karnataka assembly in Karnataka. "However the Council Chairman instead of taking action on the resignation of Mr Patil was talking about convening of the Council which is not possible under Constitution".

Mr Nanaiah, also a constitutional expert opined that under the President's rule all the powers and authorities of Karnataka legislative including that of Council and Assembly has been transferred to Parliament. "Governor was seized from exercising his rights to convene the council, send message and address it" and under this circumstances any attempt to convene Council session was not advisable, he said.

Mr Nanaiah also informed that the Karnataka High Court had also cleared the position twice before on the issue of the the status of the Opposition leader during the bout of President's rule and it should show the way for all, he said.

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