Congress forces adjournment in Rajya Sabha protesting Goa governor's role

Congress members alleged breach of propriety and constitutional norms in the consultations Goa Governor Mridula Sinha held with Jaitley.

Published: 17th March 2017 01:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th March 2017 08:03 PM   |  A+A-

Rajya Sabha (File | PTI)

By PTI

NEW DELHI:  Congress members Friday disrupted the parliament seeking discussion on the conduct of Goa Governor Mridula Sinha in BJP-led government formation in the state.

Congress leader Digvijay Singh raised the matter asking Deputy Chairman P J Kurien for suspension of listed business of the house to discuss the matter which he called as “a gross constitutional impropriety committed by the Governor of Goa”.     

Singh ready out from the interview Sinha has given where said that she spoke Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over government formation in Goa.

Repeated requests by Congress and some other party leaders to discuss the matter were turned down by the chair on the grounds that a Governor’s conduct can only be discussed on the basis of a substantive motion. He asked the opposition to move a substantive motion to discuss the matter.

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma further said that the Constitution says very clearly about the duties of a Governor and the power of the Governor to appoint the Chief Minister.

“Sir, Article 164 does not say anywhere that the Governor is supposed to consult the serving Union Cabinet Minister. A Governor of a State says that she would not have, while appointing a Chief Minister, consulted the Leader of the House,” said Sharma.

Kurien, however, continued asking that the conduct of a Governor can only be discussed by bringing a substantive motion. 

Congress members continued protesting on the matter disrupting the proceedings of the house.

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