Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lok Satta founder for reforms in elections

Need to conduct direct poll to elect CM: JP

JP bats for direct election for CM

ధన ప్రభావం తగ్గాలంటే.. ఎన్నికల విధానం మారాలి

ఎన్నికల విధానం మారాలి

ఆంధ్రప్రదేశ్ కు ప్రత్యేక హోదా ఇవ్వాల్సిందే

ఎమ్మెల్యేలు రాజకీయాలను భ్రష్టు పట్టిస్తున్నారు

రాజకీయం వ్యాపారంగా మారింది

ప్రత్యక్ష ఎన్నికలతో అవినీతి తగ్గుతుంది: లోక్ సత్తా జేపీ

ధన ప్రభావాన్ని నియంత్రించాలి

Monday, August 1, 2016

Strip Speakers of powers to decide on political defections

Several legal experts and political leaders on Sunday called for stripping judicial powers from Speakers of legislative Houses and entrusting them to the Election Commission, particularly in respect of the powers to decide pleas seeking disqualification of legislators who defect to other parties.

Declaring that this was not a new idea, they made it clear that the possibility of entrusting the EC with the job is included in the country's Constitution, in its Article 103 (2). Those who called for stripping speakers of some of their powers included eminent jurists like Justice B P Jeevan Reddy, retired judge of Supreme Court, former Supreme Court and the AP High Court judges, Justice B Sudarsan Reddy, Justice P Lakshmana Reddy and Justice B Seshasayana Reddy, former Union minister S Jaipal Reddy and Jayaprakash Narayan of Lok Satta.They spoke at a seminar on `Political Defections and Role of Speakers' organised by the Jana Vignana Vedika.

The consensus among the speakers at the meet was that it was time for the people to unite and hold ruling political parties accountable for their actions of encouraging political defections and efforts to eliminate any significant presence of opposition parti es. Several of the speakers also pointed out that the Law Commission has been asking the Parliament to enact such a law by amen ding the current statute in the Constitution.

Such a move, Justice Lakshmana Reddy said, is not meant to belittle the office of the Speaker. In fact, it would save the Speaker's office from being stuck in an uncomfortable position, he added.

Justice Jeevan Reddy went one step ahead and urged the people to debate the need for bringing in apolitical persons as speakers.Persons who are not members of any political party and persons who are not members of the either of the Houses, be it the Legislatue or the Council, should be brought in as speakers, he said.

Courtesy: The Times of India

Need to raise standard of the office of Speaker: Jeevan Reddy

Law Commission former chairman and retired Supreme Court judge B.P. Jeevan Reddy has stressed the need for raising the standard of the office of the Speaker.

He said so long as the functions of the Speaker were limited to running the House, there were not many occasions when the Speaker became the centre of controversy. The trouble, however, arose when the Tenth schedule was introduced in the Constitution dealing with the disqualification of the members. The Tenth schedule introduced certain salutary provisions and at the same time, introduced a few provisions which had proved to be acutely controversial. The election results to various Assemblies in 1967 and subsequent general elections brought to the fore the phenomenon of “aya Rams and gaya Rams” and it led to horse-trading, corruption, money power entering the arena of political life.

This led to introduction of the Tenth schedule clauses which stipulated that the decision on disqualification of the members was left to the speaker and that his decision would be final, he said. The vesting of this extraordinary power in the Speaker had proved to be “highly controversial” giving rise to several political controversies and inviting interference of the courts on innumerable occasions. Justice Jeevan Reddy was presiding over a seminar on political defections and role of Speakers organised by Jana Chaitanya Vedika, Lok Satta, Forum for Good Governance and other organisations here on Sunday. Former Union Minister S. Jaipal Reddy spoke.

Transfer Speaker's powers to EC: Experts

ఫిరాయింపులపై చర్యల అధికారం ఈసీకే ఇవ్వాలి

పార్టీ ఫిరాయింపులు, స్పీకర్ పాత్రపై సదస్సు

'అనర్హత' అధికారం ఎన్నికల సంఘానికే ఉండాలి

స్పీకర్ నిర్ణయం అంతిమం కాకూడదు

Lok Satta Times Aug 1st-15th, 2016

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