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Rajasthan: SC refuses to restrain BSP MLAs from voting

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In a major boost to the ruling Congress in Rajasthan, the Supreme Court has refused to issue an interim order restraining the six BSP MLA’s from voting in the Rajasthan Assembly in case of a trust vote.

Merger mystery

The six BSP MLA’s had made an application for merger as a group with the ruling Congress last year. Interestingly, the merger was allowed by Speaker CP Joshi within two days of receiving an application.

The six BSP MLAs include Rajendra Singh Gudha (Udaipurwati), Lakhan Singh (Karauli) and Deep Chand Kheria (Kishangarhbas). It also includes Joginder Singh Awana ( Nadbai), Sandeep Kumar (Tijara) and Wazib Ali (Nagar).

Merger challenged by BSP

The merger has been challenged by BSP in the high court as well as the apex court. In its plea before the Supreme Court, the BSP has contended that the merger was in contravention of constitutional norms. It had also urged the apex court to restrain the BSP MLA’s from voting in case of a trust vote during the Assembly session.

No interim relief from SC

The apex court, however, refused to grant any interim relief to BSP. As a result, the six MLAs will be able to cast their vote in the Assembly session scheduled from August 14. The Supreme Court has left the decision on the single-judge bench of the Rajasthan High Court, which is hearing the merger issue.

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During the hearing on Thursday, a three-judge bench said, “We will not interfere in this case at this stage since high court (Rajasthan) is already hearing it”. The court said it will take up the case on Monday, after waiting for the decision of the high court.

Rajasthan HC yet to give order on the merger issue

The single-judge bench of the high court has not provided any relief to BSP. It was expected to issue an interim order on August 11.

The court said that it cannot give any decision unless all parties involved in the issue are heard. The hearing in the case will continue tomorrow.

 

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