CHAPTER XVII - RESOLUTIONS FOR REMOVAL OF SPEAKER AND DEPUTY SPEAKER AND NO-CONFIDENCE MOTIONS AGAINST MINISTERS
270. Resolution for removal of Speaker or Deputy Speaker - A member wishing to give a notice of intention to move a resolution under Article 179(c) for the removal of the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker from his office shall do so in writing:
Provided that no resolution for the aforesaid purpose shall be moved unless such notice has been given to the Secretary at least fourteen days before.
271. Leave of House to take up Resolution - (1) The member in whose name the resolution stands may withdraw the resolution, but if he does not do so he shall ask for the leave of the House to move the resolution. No speech shall be permitted at this stage, but the mover may briefly state the reason for bringing the resolution.
(2) The Speaker or the presiding members shall ask those members who are in favour of leave being granted to rise in their places. If less then one-fifth of the total number of the then members of the House rise in their places the Speaker or the Presiding Officer shall inform the mover that he has not the leave of the House to move the resolution.
272. Resolution included in the list of Business on the Appointed Day -(a) In case the mover obtains the leave of the House to move the resolution according to the provisions of the last preceding rule, the resolution shall be taken up for consideration on the same day or any appointed day.
(b) Such a resolution shall be taken up after the question hour and before any other business is entered upon.
273. The Presiding Person at the time of consideration of the Resolution - Subject to the provisions of Article 181(1), the Speaker or the Deputy Speaker or such other person, as is referred to in Article 180(2), shall preside when a resolution for removal under the foregoing rules is taken up for consideration.
[Art. 180 and 181]
274. Time-limit for speeches - No speech on the resolution shall exceed 15 minutes in duration:
Provided that the mover of the resolution may speak for such longer time as the member presiding may permit.
275. Motion of non-confidence in Ministers - (1) A motion expressing want of confidence in the Council of Ministers may be made with the consent of the Speakers subject to the followings restrictions, namely:
- leave to make the motion shall be asked for after questions and before the list of business for the day is entered upon;
- the member asking for leave must, before the commencement of the sitting for the day, deliver to the Secretary a written notice of the motion which he proposes to move.
(2) If the Speaker is of opinion that the motion is in order he shall read the motion to the House and shall request those members who are in favour of leave being granted to rise in their places, and, if not less than one-fifth of the total numbers of the members of the House rise accordingly, the Speaker shall intimate that leave is granted and that the motion will be taken on such day, not being more than ten days from the date on which the leave is granted, as he may appoint. If less than the requisite numbers of members rise, the Speaker shall inform the member that he has not the leave of the House.
(3) If leave is granted under sub-rule (2) the Speaker may, after considering the state of business in the House, allot a day or days or part of a day for the discussion of the motion.
(4) The Speaker shall, at the appointed hour on the allotted day or the last of the allotted days, forthwith put every question necessary to determine the decision of the House on the motion.
(5) The Speaker may, if he thinks fit, prescribe a time limit for speeches.
276. Statement by a Minister who has resigned - (1) A member who has resigned the office of Minister shall have the right with the consent of the Speaker to make a personal statement in explanation of his resignation. A copy of the statement shall be forwarded to the Speaker and the Leader of the House one day in advance of the day on which it is made:
Provided that in the absence of a written statement, the points or the gist of such statement shall be conveyed to the Speaker and the Leader of the House one day in advance of the day on which it is made.
(2) Such statement shall be made after questions and before the list of business for the day is entered upon.
(3) There shall be no debate on such statement, but any Minister may make a statement pertinent thereto.