Rajya Sabha to discuss conduct of Goa Governor

SansadTV Bureau
File photo: PJ Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha.

File photo: PJ Kurien, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha.

The Rajya Sabha will discuss on Wednesday the conduct of the Goa Governor in the context of her decision not to invite the single largest party to form government after the recent assembly polls.

This was announced by Deputy Chairman P J Kurien after Congress leader Digvijaya Singh wanted to know the fate of his notice for a substative motion to discuss to the issue.

Kurien said the discussion was listed on March 22 but since that day was inconvenient to the minister concerned, it was postponed. Now it is listed for March 29, he added.

Singh had moved a substantive motion under Rule 168 after Goa Governor Mridula Sinha invited the BJP rather than the Congress, which had emerged as the largest party in the assembly polls, for forming the government.

In the 40-member Goa assembly, the Congress had got 17 seats and the BJP had won 13 seats. The BJP then tied up with smaller parties and showed its majority. During the vote of confidence in the assembly, it got 22 votes.

Singh, who was in-charge of the party’s affairs in Goa, had alleged that the Governor had gone against the established practice and constitutional propriety.

Today, when the House met for the day, Singh said his substantive motion on the conduct of the Goa Governor, who “chose to ignore” the single largest party by inviting the BJP to form government in the state, was admitted but no date has been given for a discussion.

“Now I am being asked to change the substantive motion into a short duration discussion,” he said. “I will not accept (that).”

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said the Chair has not asked him to change the motion.

Before taking up a discussion, the Leader of the House has to consult the Chairman and the time has to be fixed, Singh said.

He said when Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was Leader of Opposition, the then UPA government had accepted his demand for a debate on the conduct of the then Bihar Governor, who had to resign after that.

Kurien said it was true that he had himself advised Singh to bring a substantive motion if he wanted to discuss the conduct of a Governor.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi too had then said that the government has no objection if a substantive motion is brought, he said.

The time and date for a discussion after such a motion is admitted is to be decided in consultation with the Leader of the House, Kurien said.

Kurien went on to quote the rule under which such a practice is followed, after Singh sought to know under which rule should the Leader of the House be consulted for deciding on a time and date for a discussion.

Jairam Ramesh (Cong) wanted to know about the fate of the notice for a short-duration discussion he gave on biometric identifier Aadhaar. The matter was listed last week but postponed due to unavailability of Jaitley, he said.