Bangalore, September 23 (PTI) The Karnataka Congress said it will boycott the speech by Lok Sabha President Om Birla at the two-chamber joint session of the state legislature on Friday, the last day of the current monsoon session, claiming it will set a “bad precedent”.
The main opposition opposes the speech being held in the legislature chamber and said it would set a “bad precedent” because no one other than the President of India and the Governor of Karnataka have not spoken at such joint sessions so far.
However, the party has no reservations if the event were to take place in the banquet hall of Vidhana Soudha, the seat of the legislature and the state secretariat here.
“When the issue was raised at the Business Advisory Board meeting, I said, this would set a new precedent, as so far no speaker from Lok Sabha has spoken at the joint meeting of Assembly. Let us not set a new precedent, there is no place for it in the constitution either, “opposition leader Siddaramaiah said on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters, he said, however, the Assembly Speaker attempted to provide an explanation by stating that he addressed Rajasthan or the Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
The top congressional leader said the government and the president had not accepted their request for an extension of the session, that the joint session had not been discussed with the opposition leader in the Legislative Council, that he there was no place for this in the constitution and that it was setting a new precedent, such as the reasons for his party’s opposition.
âWe have suggested that, as the invitations have been sent out, that the address take place in Vidhana Soudha’s banquet hall and not in the meeting hall, and we will also attend. is not ready to accept it. We have therefore made it clear to the President that we are going to boycott, “he added.
The president of Lok Sabha is due to address the joint session of the state legislature at 2.30 pm on the topic âDemocracy – Safeguarding parliamentary valuesâ.
Siddaramaiah in response to a question on the subject, asked “is this
mean that democratic and parliamentary values ââhave disappeared, because they will safeguard it? “
State Congressman DK Shivakumar said the government was trying to create a “new story” in the historic Karnataka Legislature.
He said the speech by the Lok Sabha chairman would set a bad precedent and that Congress would not be a party for the legislature used as a political platform. “We have decided to boycott in protest.”
“There is no place for such a speech (by the president of Lok Sabha) inside the Assembly in accordance with our parliamentary system and our rules of operation,” he said, adding that from the subject of the speech, it appears that the dispensation from power agreed that democracy and parliamentary values ââdeteriorated under their rule.
Friday is the last day of the 10-day long monsoon session of the state legislature that began on September 13.
Siddaramaiah also said the government did not agree to extend the session for at least a week, pointing out that the two chambers met after six months and that there are many issues to discuss.
âAt the BAC meeting last week, I requested at least a four week session, but they said we would decide at the next BAC. No BAC meeting has been called this week, so I wrote him a letter to extend the session for at least a week, he declared: the government does not agree, what should I do? âhe declared.
In the parliamentary system of governance, the assembly and parliament are the only forum for raising questions, he said, adding that Congress had accepted the opposition’s request to extend the session while it was in power. PTI KSU RS
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