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BSP MLAS merger: Rajasthan HC issues notice to Speaker

Wednesday - August 5, 2020 6:09 pm , Category : INDIA
Jaipur, Aug 5 (IANS) The Rajasthan High Court on Wednesday issued notice to Assembly Speaker C.P. Joshi on petitions filed by BSP national Secretary Satish Mishra and BJP MLA Madan Dilawar challenging the merger of 6 BSP MLAs with the Congress.
A division bench of Chief Justice Inderjit Mahanti and Justice Prakash Gupta issued notice after taking up the pleas in which the BSP and the BJP MLA sought cancellation of the merger.
The BSP also pleaded that as the matter is in court, the former BSP MLAs should not be allowed to vote in the floor test.
The matter is scheduled for hearing again on Thursday.
The BSP and the BJP leaders approached the division bench on Tuesday, challenging the order of a single judge that refused to stay the functioning of the six as Congress legislators.
In their appeal, the duo said that the single bench has not given them interim relief. At the same time, notice are being issued to the MLAs when they are camped in a hotel in Jaisalmer, and hence, the notice are not reaching them, they said.
The court should therefore stay the order of merger which was reported on September 18, 2019, said their petition.
The single bench earlier issued notice to the Speaker, the Assembly Secretary and six MLAs on July 30 and slated the next hearing on August 11.

--IANS arc/vd