By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, May 9: Assam Assembly Speaker Hitendrath Goswami had to ask the MLAs in the House today to strictly adhere to rules and regulations of the House, failing which it would be impossible for him to run the proceedings in the House smoothly.
"I'm working impartially, giving scopes to the ruling and the Opposition MLAs. If anybody tells me that I'm partial, I'll make no delay to quit office," Goswami said.
It all happened during the debate on the cut-motion against the Health and Education departments. When Congress MLA Sherman Ali was speaking at the debate, the Speaker asked him to speak only on the issue for which the cut-motion has been moved, not on the policy matters of the departments.
The Ali was then prompt to say: "You didn't ask the BJP and AGP MLAs to pinpoint their discussion only on the issue against which the cut-motion has been moved. Why do you restrict me to do that?"
The reply from the Congress MLA led to a hot altercation between him and the Speaker. The Speaker said: "Since I told you to stick to the point, you're to follow it. Rules are flexible. Too rigidity may break rules. We're MLAs, and as such we've some dignity. We should maintain that."
The situation was very hot with the ruling and Opposition MLAs taking part in the altercation.
Meanwhile, Ali staged a walkout, alone.