On Monday, Mohammad Akbar the leader from the Congress party said that he wrote to Election Commission in 2016, asking the commission to take action against the appointments.
After the President of India disqualified 20 MLAs of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi based on Election Commission’s recommendations, reports of Congress demanding the same treatment for BJP has come forward. According to a report in The Indian Express, the Congress has asked a similar action to be taken against BJP MLAs in the state of Chhattisgarh. In Chhattisgarh, under BJP government, the chief minister Raman Singh has 11 MLAs who hold parliamentary secretary posts – they are enjoying perks of a state minister. Following this, a petition is being heard in Chhattisgarh High Court, against the appointments of MLAs by the BJP government in the state.
On Monday, Mohammad Akbar the leader from the Congress party said that he wrote to Election Commission in 2016, asking the commission to take action against the appointments. Akbar is one of the petitioners in the case. However, Akbar while speaking to the media said, “In response, EC said the commission goes into alleged disqualification of sitting MLAs only if the reference is made to it by the Governor of the state concerned, following which I wrote to the governor in this regard.” Akbar alleged that Governor Balramji Dass Tandon did not pass the file on to the EC.
“However, even after over a year, the Governor did not refer the matter to the ECI for further consideration,” Akbar said, alleging that the Governor was not discharging his Constitutional duty. He also accused the Raman Singh government of violating the Chhattisgarh High Court order by not withdrawing all the facilities entitled to the parliamentary secretaries on a par with state ministers.
The 90-member Assembly has 49 BJP MLAs, 39 Congress MLAs, One independent and one BSP legislator. An eventuality of 11 BJP MLAs being disqualified would mean that the BJP government will fall, said Congress leaders.