Shimla, June 9
The Congress party in the state is seeking action against the two Independent legislators of Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha for violating anti-defection law as both have joined the ruling BJP before the state assembly poll. In a press release issued today, Congress state spokesperson Devendra Bushhari termed this action as a violation of the anti-defection law. He said that independent MLA Prakash Rana from Joginder nagar and Hoshiyar Singh from Dehra formally joined BJP yesterday, despite having been elected as Independent.
He demanded Himachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Vipin Singh Parmar to cancel the membership of these MLAs immediately on the grounds. Congress also warned that the party might have a legal course if action is not taken against these two MLAs.
He said that Prakash Rana and Hoshiyar Singh have bypassed Articles 102(2), 191(2) of Article of the Constitution of India and Section 2 and 3 of the Anti-Defection Act by joining the BJP. He said that Article 2, 3 clearly states that if a person wins an election against a candidate of a political party, then that elected MLA cannot take membership of the political party. To do so before the election, one has to resign from the membership of the Legislative Assembly. Only then could a party be joined, debated the Congress spokesperson.
Moreover, the significance of making them join formally is also not understood as both the MLAs have been with the BJP since the beginning of their tenure, he added. A faction of the BJP believes that both the independent MLAs have entered BJP to end the political career of former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal’s relative Gulab Singh Thakur(father in law of Anurag Thakur) and former minister Ravinder Singh Ravi. Devendra Bushehri said that the BJP government has now made up its mind to oust itself from power