CPM defends rebel legislators

In an editorial in the coming issue of “People’s Democracy”, the party said: “If anything, the BJP has shown itself as a party that is willing to throw to the winds all norms of political morality in order to remain in office”.

“The reshuffling of the cabinet and the deceitful compromises made to somehow remain in power accompanied by  condoning the worst instances of corruption led to growing dissatisfaction within the BJP itself, particularly amongst those  who had crossed over  from the JD (S) and the Congress in the first instance. This culminated in a group of 19 MLAs including five Independents to announce their withdrawal of support on October 6, reducing the government to a minority. The governor, as per the Supreme Court directions and current parliamentary practice asked the BJP government to prove its majority.”

The editorial has condemned the Speaker’s action of disqualifying rebel MLAs and termed it to be patently illegal. “This could have happened when the BJP MLAs had voted against the party whip. Disqualification prior to voting, hence, is not tenable. Independent MLAs can never be disqualified on this count since, by definition, they are independent,” the editorial says.

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