Cong leader moves SC seeking 5-yr ban of disqualified MLAs

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New Delhi: Congress leader Jaya Thakur has filed a petition in the Supreme Court in the midst of the ongoing political deadlock in Maharashtra, demanding that the MLAs who have resigned or disqualified from the Assembly should be banned for five years. In the application, citing political crisis in Maharashtra, immediate intervention has been sought.

Jaya Thakur has said in this application that in 2021, she had filed a petition on how the government was being brought down by defying the anti-defection law. The MLAs who resign from the assembly become ministers in the new government, despite the issue of notice from the Supreme Court, Central Government has not given any reply.

Jaya Thakur’s petition, filed in 2021, has demanded that Article 191(1)(e) of the Constitution and the Tenth Schedule be implemented. Petition stated that the disqualified MLAs should be prevented from contesting by-elections till the term of the assembly for which they were elected. Petition said that political events across the country have made the Tenth Schedule redundant. Legislators of the ruling party resign and later cooperate in forming the government of the other party. Those MLAs are also given ministerial posts in the new government and tickets to contest by-elections again.

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