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Bengal Governor angry at Speaker for administering oath to MLAs, calls it unconstitutional, writes to President

Nita Yadav

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Governor of Bengal and newly elected MLA.

There has been a row over the swearing-in of TMC MLAs Sayantika Banerjee and Rayat Hussain Sarkar in the West Bengal Assembly by-election. A controversy was going on for the past one month regarding the swearing in of MLAs. During the special session of the Assembly, the Governor tasked the newly elected MLAs to administer the oath to the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, but when they refused, Assembly Speaker Biman Banerjee administered the oath to the MLAs. The governor termed the administration of the Speaker’s oath unconstitutional.

After administering the oath to the MLAs, Governor CV Anand Bose tweeted on his X handle that the oath-taking was unconstitutional. Not only this, he also said that a report on this oath would be sent to the President.

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Governor CV Anand Bose wrote some questions and answered them himself. Speaker Biman Banerjee said in his statement that he read the oath as per the rules of the assembly. But the governor said that governance can never be above the constitution.

The Governor termed the oath taking as unconstitutional

The results of the Bhagwangola and Barahnagar assembly by-elections came on June 4. A month has passed since then. However, two Trinamool MLAs could not take oath due to tension between the state government and the Raj Bhavan. After this the Governor directed to administer the oath to the Vice President Ashish Banerjee. Ashish Bandopadhyay said that he cannot administer oath when the Speaker is present. After this, the Speaker disobeyed Governor Bose’s orders and administered the oath to the newly elected MLAs.

In a statement on Twitter, Bose referred to Article 188 of the Constitution and said that the Speaker has cited some rules…Can any rule be above the Constitution? It is a basic knowledge that the Constitution is above any rule.

A fight broke out between the Governor and the Speaker

The post said this constitutional violation occurred even though the governor had appointed a vice-chairman to administer the oath of office to the two newly elected legislators.

On the other hand, Speaker Biman Banerjee refused to give importance to the Governor’s comments on social media. He said that I am happy that the Governor has gone to the President. We have already informed the President. I will not respond to what the Governor says. They do not have the power to remove the Speaker.

Nita Yadav

Nita Yadav

I am Nita Yadav, specializing in writing about politics and breaking national news. My focus is on delivering insightful and timely perspectives on these crucial topics, aiming to inform and engage my readers effectively.

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