Assam Legislative Assembly
CHAPTER-XII
Motion for adjournment on a matter of public importance

Motion for
adjournment
56. (1) A Motion for an adjournment of the business of the Assembly for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance may be made with the consent of the Speaker.
  (2) The Speaker shall decide whether the matter to be discussed is definite and whether it is of urgent public importance.
Restrictions on
power to make
motion.
57. The right to move the adjournment of the Assembly for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance shall be subject to the following restrictions, namely:-
  (i) not more than one such motion shall be made at the same sitting;
  (ii) not more than one matter can be discussed on the same motion and the motion must be restricted to a specific matter of recent occurrence;
  (iii) the motion must not revive discussion on a matter which has been discussed in the same session;
  (iv) the motion must not anticipate a matter which has been previously appointed for consideration or with reference to which a notice of motion has been previously given, regard being had to the probability of the matter anticipated being brought before the House within a reasonable time;
  (v) the motion must not deal with matter on which a resolution could not be moved;
  (vi) the motion shall not deal with any matter which is under adjudication by a Court of Law having jurisdiction in any part of India;
  (vii) the motion shall not raise a question of privilege; and
  (viii) that it must not relate to a matter which is not primarily the concern of the Government of the State.
Method of
giving notice.
*58. Notice of an adjournment motion shall be given at least an hour before the commencement of the sitting on the day on which the motion is proposed to be made to the Principal Secretary and copies thereof shall be endorsed to:-
 
  1. the Speaker;
  2. the Minister concerned; and
  3. the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs.
Motion for
discussion on
matters before
tribunals,
commissions, etc
59. No motion which seeks to raise discussion on a matter pending before any statutory tribunal or statutory authority performing any judicial or quasi-judicial functions or any commission or court of enquiry appointed to enquire into, or investigate any matter shall ordinarily be permitted to be moved:
  Provided that the Speaker may in his/her discretion allow such matter being raised in the House as is concerned with the procedure or subject or stage of enquiry if the Speaker is satisfied that it is not likely to prejudice the consideration of such matter by the statutory tribunal, statutory authority, commission or court of enquiry.
Mode of asking
for leave to move
adjournment
motion.
60. (1) The Speaker, if he/she gives consent under rule 56 and holds that the matter proposed to be discussed is in order, shall after the questions and before the list of business is entered upon, call the member concerned who shall raise in his/her place and ask for leave to move the adjournment of the House:
  Provided that where the Speaker, has refused his/her consent under rule 56 or is of opinion that the matter proposed to be discussed is not in order he/she may, if he/ she thinks it necessary, read the notice of motion and state the reasons for refusing consent or holding the motion as being not in order.
  (2) If objection to leave being granted is taken, the Speaker shall request those members who are in favour of leave being granted to rise in their places, and if not less than one-tenth of the total number of members in the House rise accordingly, the Speaker shall intimate that leave is granted. If less than one-tenth of the total number of members in the House rise, the Speaker shall inform the member that he/she has not the leave of the House.
Time for taking
up motion.
61. The motion shall be taken up at such hour as the Speaker may decide.
Closure of
debate.
62. The Speaker may, if he/she is satisfied that there has been adequate debate, put the question at such hour as he/ she decides, but such debate will not continue for more than four hours.
Time limit for speeches. 63. The Speaker shall prescribe time limit for speeches.