Legislators play musical chairs to maintain quorum

LA Proceedings

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Mar 20: In the wake of PDP boycott of Legislative Assembly and absence of many others, the House Wednesday struggled to maintain quorum.
The number of members present kept swinging between 23 to 25. The situation, especially during the first session, was so precarious that some members were seen eagerly waiting for those gone outside to come inside so that they could go out either to attend a phone call or some other matter.
It was observed that the moment one member entered the House, the other used to leave. At times, Deputy Speaker had to intervene and stop the members from going out so that the quorum is maintained. At around 11:26 a.m, Manohar Lal and Nazir Gurezi were about to move out of the House but were stopped by Deputy Speaker. “Please look at the quorum”, he said. At this moment, a total of 24 members were present in the House, which was just one more than the minimum number of 23 required to maintain the quorum.
Just a few minutes later, at around 11:42 am, the moment Jagdish Sapolia entered, Ashok Kumar sought permission from Deputy Speaker to go out but he was denied the same.
Although there was no adjournment in the first session, but the second session started late by 17 minutes. In the first session, at around 12:21 a.m, while Jagdish Sapolia was speaking, the number of present members was reduced to 22. Speaker stopped him from speaking but did not adjourn the House although there was lack of quorum. Within a minute, Sakina Ittoo returned and the proceedings re-started.
Due to lack of quorum, the second session started late by 17 minutes and the Chief Minister had also to wait for the proceedings to start. The proceedings started at 3:47 p.m instead of 3:30 p.m only after some members went out and brought sufficient number of members to maintained quorum.
Amid all this, there were appeals from the government, although indirectly, to the opposition to attend the proceedings. There were only three suspended members of BJP present in the House. NPP member Ashwani Sharma boycotted the proceedings in protest against the suspension of BJP state president Jugal Kishore Sharma.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 20 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:00:00 IST




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