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10 December, 2009

Disqualification of five MLAs sought by Bishnoi

They had left Haryana Janhit Congress to join Congress
The Hindu
CHANDIGARH: Haryana Janhit Congress chief and MLA Kuldeep Bishnoi on Wednesday filed five separate petitions before the Vidhan Sabha Speaker seeking disqualification of five HJC MLAs -- who had “defected to the Congress” on November 10 -- from the membership of the Assembly under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution, popularly known as the anti-defection law.
Accompanied by his lawyers Satya Pal Jain, Dheeraj Jain and Davesh Moudgil, Mr. Bishnoi reached the office of the Speaker at 10 a.m. Since the Speaker was not present in his office, Mr. Bishnoi talked to him on phone and under his instructions the petitions were received by his personal secretary.
Talking to the media outside the office of the Speaker, Mr. Satya Pal Jain said that the five MLAs -- Sat Pal Sangwan, Narinder Singh, Zile Ram Sharma, Vinod Bhayana and Dharam Singh -- were elected to the Assembly on the ticket and symbol of the HJC. ...
...Mr. Jain said the order passed by the Speaker was illegal, unconstitutional and against the provision of the 10th Schedule of the Constitution as the HJC was a duly recognised political party in Haryana and was even today functioning as a political party with its representatives in Parliament and Assembly also.
He said that the action of the five MLAs was not a case of merger but a “case of defecting from one party to another”. Therefore, as per anti-defection law, they were liable to be disqualified from the membership of the House.