Chandigarh, August 26–The Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, has said that every member of the state Assembly has freedom of expression in democracy but no freedom is absolute or unfettered and is subject to certain rules and traditions which govern the proceedings of the House.
Speaking on the issue of revocation of three Congress MLAs who were suspended for tearing copies of the Governor's Address in the Budget session, the Chief Minister justified the suspension saying that there was no absolute freedom for anyone to act in such a manner. He was speaking on the first day of the monsoon session of the state Assembly here today.
The Governor delivers his Address in the beginning of the Budget session every year, and outlines the policies and programmes of the state government. The Governor is not confined to any party or group; his is a constitutional position everyone must respect, the Chief Minister said.
No member should interrupt the Address of the Governor as ample time is given for discussion on the Address in the House. But the Congress MLAs tore copies of the Address which is not only an insult to the House but also to the post of Governor. The Chief Minister said that it was for the House to decide if wrong practices were to be carried forward or the convention and rules of the House should be maintained. If the House does not take action against such legislators, others might feel encouraged to indulge in similar act, he added.
Pleading for revocation of suspension of the three Congress MLAs, former chief minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda, said no one appreciated this kind of act. He humbly requested the Speaker to revoke the suspension. On this, the Speaker revoked the suspension of three MLAs.
Earlier, Congress MLA Mr Randeep Singh Surjewala too requested for revocation of suspension of Congress MLAs, saying that it would help restore normal working of the House.