Advocate S Chatterjee (left) with petitioner Nawin Kiran Pradhan (middle) outside Sikkim Legislative Assembly on Friday  Credit: EastMojo image

Gangtok: A petition for disqualification of 12 former MLAs of Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) was filed by Sikkim Subject Committee vice-convenor Nawin Kiran Pradhan in state capital Gangtok on Friday. The petition was filed under Article 191(2) and Para 2(1)(a) read with 6(1) of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India.

Earlier, while 10 MLAs from SDF joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in New Delhi on August 13, two SDF MLAs joined the ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha (SKM) on August 14.

Pradhan, along with advocate S Chatterjee, presented the petition to the Sikkim Legislative Assembly (SLA) where the under secretary administration (SLA) accepted the petition in the absence of Speaker LB Das and other designated officials.

“This is a new type of defection which we got to see in the entire world. The national party (BJP) which had no existence in the state suddenly got 10 MLAs overnight. This clearly shows that the national party here is trying to interfere in the state politics. It is also an attempt to breakdown and changes the political demography of the state,” said advocate Chatterjee.

He further added that history proves that people of Sikkim have shown faith in the regional political parties in both the ruling and opposition fronts. “With the new government in power we are hopeful that the matter will be heard by the Speaker and soon there will be a decision regarding the disqualification of these members,” he stressed.

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Pradhan informed that his step is in favour of the Sikkimese people. Such defections and changes in parties are highly unacceptable. “These defectors should be punished as they have proved their disloyalty towards the people. They have sold the mandate of the public openly. It is a very shameful act,” he said. “We cannot afford to stay mum, therefore, I am here to raise the voice against such unconstitutional practices,” he added.

Pradhan, along with other petitioners, had filed a similar petition in 2017 to the then Speaker KN Rai against seven defected MLAs from SKM to SDF which is still pending.

The petition filed by Sikkim Subject Committee vice-convenor Nawin Kiran Pradhan

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