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Topic: Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
3) Discuss the powers, functions and responsibility of the office of Speaker in India, why does it often come under criticism of being affiliated to some or the other political party?(250 words)
Polity by Lakshmikanth
Why this question:
The question is upon the significant role played by the office of speaker and the concerns associated with the political affiliation of the speaker’s office.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must evaluate the recent controversies surrounding the office of speaker, where in the role of speaker from being impartial and politically neutral have been put to questions and doubts.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with constitutional position of Speaker in Indian polity.
In brief discuss – without much deliberation Role of the Speaker, Administrative and discretionary powers vested by the constitution . The Speaker of the Lok Sabha enjoys a position of great respect and dignity. He has the supreme responsibility to conduct the proceedings of the House. He acts as the representative of the House, and as its impartial chairman. His authority is supreme in the House and no one can challenge his decisions and rulings. The office of the Speaker is of great dignity and respect.
Discuss why the speaker’s position often comes into limelight for siding with political parties. Explain using examples and suggest way forward.
Conclude with significance of the position of Speaker.