Gujarat Congress Seeks Disqualification Of 14 Rebel Ex-Lawmaker

Sep - 07

Gujarat Congress Seeks Disqualification Of 14 Rebel Ex-Lawmaker

AHMEDABAD: The Congress addressed Wednesday to the President of the Assembly of Gujarat to demand the disqualification of the rebel leader Shankersinh Vaghela and 13 other former deputies of the election for six years for violation of anti-defection law.

The petition was submitted to the post of President Ramanlal Vora, former Congressman Shailesh Parmar, said.

He asked the President to disqualify 14 rebel leaders, including Mr Vaghela, to “challenge the whip of the party and give votes to the BJP candidate in the polls Rajya Sabha (August 8),” Parmar said.

“The cross-vote was a violation of the anti-defection provisions in the 10th calendar of the Constitution,” he said.

Although six of the rebel MPs, including Balwantsinh Rajput, resigned before the elections (and therefore did not vote), they did so after a whip was published by Congress on the vote, Parmar said .

Eight others, including Mr Vaghela, voted for the sequel and later resigned as deputies.

“The law stipulates that we must address the President before moving the court … According to the law, they (after disqualification) can not even compete as independent candidates for six years,” Parmar said.

Mr. Vora said he had not seen the petition. “I do not know the content of the petition … I have to see the petition before making comments,” he said.

In all the thirteen parliamentary deputies of the Congress, all Loyalists of Mr. Vaghela, left Congress either before or after the elections of August 8, as well as Mr. Vaghela himself.

Ten of them joined the ruling BJP. Mr Vaghela has not yet defined his project.

Despite the cross-vote, Congressman Ahmed Patel defeated Balwantsinh Rajput, who was followed by the BJP after turning the sides.

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