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The Speaker<sup>1</sup>

A.G. Noorani

in CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTS

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195678291
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080588 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.003.0034
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This chapter focuses on criticism on the impartiality of G. M. C. Balayogi, who was elected to as speaker of the Twelfth Lok Sabha in March 1998. It argues that Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's doubts on Balayogi have negatively affected the prestige of the government, the speaker's office, and the parliament itself. It recommends that Vajpayee institute two reforms in order to address the issue. One is to vest the jurisdiction to try disputes under the anti-defection law in the election commission and the other is to force an all-party accord on the speaker.

Keywords: G. M. C. Balayogi; speaker; Twelfth Lok Sabha; Atal Behari Vajpayee; parliament; anti-defection law; election commission; all-party accord

Chapter.  1747 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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