What is a Privilege motion?

Last Updated: Tue, Mar 22, 2011 09:28 hrs

The BJP on Tuesday moved a privilege notice in the Lok Sabha against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in connection with the 2008 bribe-for-votes scam.  Singh had 'misled' Parliament on the cash-for-vote episode, the BJP said.

What is a Privilege motion?

A privileged motion is a Parliamentary motion that is granted precedence over ordinary business because it concerns matters of great importance or urgency.

During a privileged motion, a Member of Parliament can raise a question involving a breach of privilege either of a member or of the Council or of a Committee with the consent of the Speaker.

If the Speaker feels that the matter, raised by the member who has given notice, is urgent and is of sufficient public importance to be raised in the Council at an early date, he may admit the notice.

The House may consider the question and come to a decision or refer it to a Committee of Privileges on a motion made either by the member who has raised the question of privilege or by any other member.

There shall be no formal motion before the Council or voting. The member who has given notice may make a short statement and the Minister shall reply shortly. Any member who has previously intimated to the Chairman may be permitted to take part in the discussion.

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