Suspended from assembly, BJP MLAs may go to court

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The BJP parliamentary party may go to court against speaker Biman Bandyopadhyay’s decision of suspension. This was revealed by BJP sources on Saturday. However, the final decision has not been taken yet. Legal advice and discussions are going on.

Five BJP MLAs, including the leader of the opposition Shuvendu Adhikari, were suspended due to a scuffle between the ruling and opposition MLAs in the the Assembly. Two MLAs of the Opposition are in suspension even before that. It has been informed in a letter that the suspended MLAs will not be allowed to enter the balcony of the Legislative Assembly or even his own office during the suspension in accordance with the parliamentary norms. Any MLA in suspension will not get the daily allowance for this period.

According to a BJP source, suspended MLAs Speaker may go to court against Biman Bandyopadhyay’s decision. In this case, their ‘tool’ could be a judgment of the Supreme Court.

In July 2021, 12 BJP MLAs were suspended from the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. They were suspended from the legislature for one year on charges of “unparliamentary” behaviour. The convicted legislators approached the Supreme Court against the decision of the speaker of the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. In January this year, the Supreme Court revoked their suspension. A three-judge headed by Judge A M Khan Ulkar, Judge Dinesh Maheshwari and Judge City Rabikumar passed the order.

Sources claimed that the BJP parliamentary party could file a petition in the court using the verdict as a ‘tool’. Apart from leader of the opposition Shuvendu, chief warner of the BJP Parliamentary Party Manoj Tigga, MLA of Siliguri Shankar Ghosh, MLA of Jaipur Narhari Mahat,and Deepak Barman, MLA of Falakata have been suspended from the session for “unparliamentary conduct”.

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