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Himachal Pradesh political crisis: Speaker disqualifies 6 Congress MLAs who erroneous-voted for BJP

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The Congress MLAs who violated the diktat issued by the accumulate collectively excessive show to vote for the BJP within the Rajya Sabha polls had been disqualified

Himachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Kuldeep Singh Pathania on Thursday (Feb 29) disqualified six Congress MLAs that erroneous-voted for the length of Tuesday’s (Feb 27) Rajya Sabha voting to gift Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) the only seat for the upper dwelling from the command.

“Six MLAs, who contested on Congress symbol, attracted provisions of anti-defection legislation in opposition to themselves. I inform that the six of us cease to be participants of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly with immediate make,” Singh presented.

The disqualified MLAs had been acknowledged as Chaitanya Sharma, Rajinder Rana, Davinder K Bhutto, Ravi Thakur, Sudhir Sharma and Indur Dutt Lakhanpal.

Significantly, the petition to disqualify the MLAs used to be filed by Congress leader and parliamentary affairs Minister Harsh Wardhan Chauhan under the anti-defection legislation.

With the six insurrection MLAs disqualified the strength of the home comes down from 68 to 62 and the midway impress is 32. Congress has 34 MLAs within the bank compared with BJP’s 25 while three stay self reliant.

Political upheaval within the Himalayan command

The construction comes a day after 15 BJP MLAs, at the side of Leader of the Opposition Jairam Thakur, used to be suspended by the speaker, for “misbehaving” with marshalls begin air his command of job.

Thakur had met the Himachal Pradesh governor, early on Wednesday (Feb 28) and sought a take a look at of strength for the Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu-led authorities.

Thakur demanded a division of votes for passing the command budget as an different of a say vote. On the different hand, his request used to be no longer permitted because the assembly handed the budget for 2024-25 and associated appropriation bill with a say vote.

BJP had hoped if Congress failed to scoot the budget, it would possibly perchance probably perchance inform a no-self perception motion within the assembly to destabilise the authorities. The equations temporarily stacked in its favour when MLA Vikramaditya Singh, son of old CM Virbhadra Singh presented his resignation from the council of ministers, alleging that the the Sukhu-authorities had humiliated its have MLAs loads of cases.

“We have gotten engaged with the observers, apprising them of the fresh discipline. I will chorus from pressing my resignation until a choice is reached. The rest decision will make certain within the come future,” Singh said.

Significantly, after erroneous-voting resulted in Congress shedding its advantage and senior leader Abhishek Singhvi conceding defeat, a unlucky Sukhu blamed his accumulate collectively men for being sell-outs. There had been rumours that Sukhu would possibly probably soft his resignation as nicely but he refuted the claims asserting Congress will stay in vitality for the corpulent five-three hundred and sixty five days length.

(With inputs from companies)

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