Ambareesh and the resignation protocol?

Read this news piece on Ambareesh’s resignation.

The resignation of Union Minister M H Ambareesh from the Lok Sabha on Wednesday was not accepted by Speaker Somnath Chatterjee as it was “not in an acceptable form.”

The Speaker’s office said that it did receive a fax from the Union Minister, but it was not in an acceptable form.

Who is fooling whom here? Forget the real issue for a moment (get more water from elsewhere to solve that) and tell me if you too find these talks of protocols and formats to be a tad stupid. Not in proper format, what does that mean? I hope it wasn’t because Ambareesh faxed his letter in Kannada and Mr Chatterjee couldn’t read anything besides the English subject that read resignation. Just kidding :) But I really wish I could get to see that “unacceptable” letter.

11 Comments so far

  1. Ajith (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 8:53 am

    Sikboard, that guy resigned from the Lok Sabha, and not some neighbourhood residents welfare association. When someone takes the oath and become a Lok sabha member, he is bound to floow certain rules of the house and cannot throw in his resignation letter quoting some “emotional” issue.

    Under Article 101 of the Constitution, a Lok Sabha member can resign a seat by writing under his or her hand addressed to the Speaker who will make an inquiry and reject it if he is satisfied that it is not voluntary or genuine.

    Also, Rule 240. (1) of the “Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in Lok Sabha” states that: “A member who desires to resign his seat in the House shall intimate in writing under his hand addressed to the Speaker, his intention to resign his seat in the House in the following form and shall not give any reason for his resignation

    The format of the resignation letter can be viewed here:

  2. Chitra (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:08 am

    The resignation letter was faxed. From what I understand, the resigning member must submit a hand-written letter in person to the speaker. He must also sign it in front of the speaker.

  3. Kishor (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

    Off topic…

    With people like Ambarish as politicians, never there will be shortage of entertainment. Jai Mandyada Gandu! God bless Congress and Sonia;)

  4. Ravi (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 2:18 pm

    Wow…Chitra…you must be a quizmaster of sorts! Also, cant help but agree with Kishor. Hopefully, the Mandyada Gandu has not become a pawn in the game(s) that politicians play amongst themselves!

  5. silkboard (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 2:43 pm

    @ Ajith, thanks I get the format part now. I just found the words of the news statement either fudgy or funny.

    @ Chitra, you must be right. In fact, later half of the same news article has that hint (the other MP resigned that way, signed in front of the speaker).

    BTW, any idea if they had fax machines when the constitution was written ;) There was no TV either. Perhaps we need an amendment that allows resignations via fax, and accepts statement on TV as a valid supporting evidence of intent :)

  6. Naren (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 4:31 pm

    Silk board and Chitra, I dont think resignation has to be signed in front of Speaker. In the past many have faxed the resignation. Some of the Congress MPs have submitted to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi In the past!! In our ambarish case i think the format or Reason might be the error!! Anyway lets google it..!! The cauvery Buzz is dieing Slowly amoung the National Channels.. Let all the Congress MP’s Resign. And Let the cauvery heat touch to sonia!

  7. sid (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 6:04 pm

    If you submit a resignation in wrong format do you still continue to get paid even though you dont show up to work ? I need to work this out with my boss !

    This is the second time Filmstar Ambareesh is doing this ( I hope he doesn’t think this is a film retake ) So when the constituency is up for re-election I can bet he will stand and win and go back to his seat. After re-election will he get a better post in the ministry is the question and is this what he is going after ? ( his current post in the information & broadcasting is a title post with no work )

  8. silkboard (unregistered) on February 15th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    @ Naren, I think you must sign again in front of the speaker. That is why they say MPs re-sign :) :)

  9. sooper appu (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 2:40 am

    Every state needs a Vijaykanth. Namm state nalli…we have our Rebellishtar…Most of the time…he has eyes redder than ur Vijaykanth…always has a liquid problem…sometimes it is the lovely kaveri twishting and turning and her curves passing thru mandya, some other times it can be other forms of assarted liquds…

    paapa ….in his shteadee forrm…u cannot expect him to take note of small details like the font and language of the resignation letter….why does not the dumb shomnath buttacharjee chattacharjee undershtand…aftraal he has been member of parliament for 234 years and is a reshpectid parlimentrian…he shud know that an emotional rebellishtar means bisness and shud just accept whatever comes out of the fax machine…in the besht interests of parlimentree democrazy…

    bharath mother kee jai jindabad…

  10. tarlesubba (unregistered) on February 16th, 2007 @ 6:39 am

    sooper appu, rofl…

    rebel star rocks.
    you know how dharam paaji goes kutte kameene, mein tera khoon peejaaonga….

    just like that and with even more intensity our rebel star goes….
    baas Turd guLaaaa….

    btw he rocked in New Delhi Times.

  11. silkboard (unregistered) on February 17th, 2007 @ 12:32 pm

    sooper apppu, aftraal, shteadee, bisness – hilarious reading man! though not politically correct to make fun of accents and all :)

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