The Vidhan Sabha or the State Legislative Assembly is a house of a state legislature in the States & Union Territories of India. In the 29 states & 2 union territories with a unicameral state legislature it is the sole legislative house. In 9 states it is the lower house of their bicameral state legislatures with the upper house being Vidhan Parishad or Legislative Council. 5 Union Territories are governed directly by the Union Government and have no legislative body. Members of a Vidhan Sabha are referred to as MLAs and are directly elected to serve 5 year terms by single-member constituencies. The Governor of a state may appoint one MLA to their respective states Vidhan Sabha in accordance with the 23rd Amendment of the Constitution of India. The Constitution of India states that a Vidhan Sabha must have no less than 60 & no more than 500 members however an exception may be granted via an Act of Parliament as is the case in the states of Goa, Sikkim, Mizoram and the union territory of Puducherry which have fewer than 60 members. A Vidhan Sabha may be dissolved in a state of emergency, by the Governor on request of the Chief Minister, or if a motion of no confidence is passed against the majority coalition.
Qualifications required to become a memberEdit
To become a member of a State Legislative Assembly, a person must be a citizen of India, not less than 25 years of age. He or she should be mentally sound and should not be bankrupt. He or she should also state an affidavit that there are no criminal procedures against him or her. Speaker of State Legislative Assembly who is responsible for the conduct of business of the body, and also a Deputy Speaker to preside during the Speaker's absence. The Speaker acts as a neutral judge and manages all debates and discussions in the house. Usually he or she is a member of the stronger political party
A State Legislative Assembly holds equal legislative power with the upper house of state legislature, the State Legislative Council ('Legislative Council'), except in the area of money bills in which case the State Legislative Assembly has the ultimate authority.
Special powers of the State Legislative AssemblyEdit
A motion of no confidence against the government in the state can only be introduced in the State Legislative Assembly. If it is passed by a majority vote, then the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers must collectively resign.
A money bill can only be introduced in State Legislative Assembly. In bicameral jurisdictions, after it is passed in the State Legislative Assembly, it is sent to the Vidhan Parishad, where it can be kept for a maximum time of 14 days.
In matters related to ordinary bills, the will of Legislative Assembly prevails and there is no provision of joint sitting. In such cases, Legislative council can delay the legislation by maximum 4 months (3 months in first visit and 1 month in the second visit of the bill).
List of State Legislative AssemblyEdit
- www.india.gov.in (PDF) https://www.india.gov.in/sites/upload_files/npi/files/coi_part_full.pdf. Retrieved 2018-12-12. Missing or empty
- "Election Commission of India". eci.nic.in. Retrieved 12 January 2017.
- Legislative Bodies in India website
- Assembly constituency level publications website
- Laws of India website to download laws made by different states
- Punjab State Legislative Assembly Election Results 2012