(1) At any sitting of the House of the People, while any resolution for the removal of the Speaker from his office is under consideration, the Speaker, or while any resolution for the removal of the Deputy Speaker from his office is under consideration, the Deputy Speaker, shall not, though he is present, preside, and the provisions of clause (2) of article 95 shall apply in relation to every such sitting as they apply in relation to a sitting from which the Speaker, or, as the case may be, the Deputy Speaker, is absent.

 

(2) The Speaker shall have the right to speak in, and otherwise to take part in the proceedings of, the House of the People while any resolution for his removal from office is under consideration in the House and shall, notwithstanding anything in article 100, be entitled to vote only in the first instance on such resolution or on any other matter during such proceedings but not in the case of an equality of votes

Debate Summary

78-A, Draft Constitution 1948

At any sitting of the House of the people, while any resolution for the removal of the Speaker from his office is under consideration, the Speaker or while any resolution for the removal of the Deputy Speaker from his office is under consideration, the Deputy Speaker, shall not, though he is present, preside and the provisions of clause (2) of the last preceding article shall apply in relation to every such sitting as they apply in relation to a sitting from which the Speaker or, as the case may be, the Deputy Speaker, is absent.

 

Draft Article 78-A was discussed on 19 May 1949. It was not a part of the initial Draft Constitution, 1948. The Drafting Committee introduced it as an amendment. It barred the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of the People from presiding sittings dealing with any resolution seeking their removal.

 

A member of the Drafting Committee introduced the provision and noted that it was analogous to that of the Draft Article 75-A.  There was no further debate.

 

The Constituent Assembly adopted the Draft Article on 19 May 1949.