A PIL filed in the Gujarat High Court seeks direction to Election Commission of India (ECI) to frame rules to recover the cost of conducting re-polls in assembly constituencies from respective MLAs who resigned from the seat and sought reelection from the same seat on the ticket of another political party.
The PIL filed by advocate Khemraj Koshti states that the EC incurs expenses to conduct polls on seats where MLAs resign from a political party for their personal reasons.
The MLAs then re-contest the election from the same seat on the ticket of another party. This expense on re-election is a loss of taxpayers money and approximately comes to Rs2 crore per constituency, the PIL states.
The PIL has sought that rules be framed mandating that each such public representative should file an undertaking to the effect that they will not resign from the constituency till their term is over.
Turncoat MLAs and elections
Interestingly, 15 of 77 MLAs of Congress party who won during 2017 Gujarat Assembly Election had resigned citing personal reasons and later joined the ruling BJP.
It further stated that 10 out of the total 15 representatives who joined BJP after resigning from Congress re-contested on the ticket of the current ruling party from the same seat from which they resigned.
The manoeuvre, the PIL says, was made only to escape disqualification.
It further states that turncoat MLAs should be held liable to repay expenses incurred by the Election Commission for conducting the re-polls and public money shouldn’t be wasted in it.
This PIL is likely to be heard on Tuesday.
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