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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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The Speaker 1

The Speaker 1

(p.154) 24 The Speaker1

A.G. Noorani

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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

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