Panaji: The Goa Congress on Friday gave a notice for the removal of Assembly Speaker Pramod Sawant. The Congress MLAs did not speak of the reason because of which they were seeking the removal of Sawant. In a letter to the Assembly Secretary, a total of 16 Congress MLAs asked for a session to be convened in 14 days in order to begin the process to remove Sawant. Also Read - War of Words Breaks Out in Kerala Political Circle Over Naming of New RGCB Campus After Golwalkar
Congress has 16 members in the 40-member Assembly. The move to oust Sawant came days after the party said it would be forming an alternate government, saying that the BJP-led ruling alliance had lost a majority in the Assembly. Also Read - Maharashtra MLC Election Results 2020: BJP Suffers Setback, Wins Only 1/6 Seats; Ruling MVA Coalition Wins 4
Opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar said, “The notice for removal of Sawant was given under “Rule 243 of Rules and Procedure and Conduct of Business of the Legislative Assembly of Goa, read with Article 179C of the Constitution of India.” Also Read - Rahul Gandhi Seems To Lack Consistency, Says NCP Chief Sharad Pawar
Kavlekar too refused to specify the grounds on which it wants Sawant to be removed as the Speaker. He said that the reasons will be spelt out on the floor of the House. When contacted, Sawant said, “prima facie, I don’t find any merit in such a resolution but for the sake of reasonability, I will check the legality of such a resolution when it is brought to my notice.”
For the unversed, Rule 243 states provision for moving a resolution to ask for permission of the House to discuss the impeachment of the Speaker. Earlier this week, Congress had met Governor Mridula Sinha and urged her to direct the BJP-led government to carry out a trust vote in the Assembly.