Munmun Kaur –

Published On: December 03, 2021 at 19:40 IST

A disqualification Petition was filed by State Congress leader and MLA, Ampareen Lyngdoh against the 10 of the 12 Congress turncoats which lead to notices being issued against them by Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Metbah Lyngdoh.

The 12 MLAs, led by former Chief Minister Mukul Sangma, who had defected to Trinamool Congress (TMC) last week, were given seven days to reply. Also, notices against the 2 remaining defecting legislators will be issued soon.

The fact that Congress had only 17 MLAs, the defection of 12 makes TMC the principal opposition party.

Ampareen Lyngdoh, elected Congress leader moved the speaker for their disqualification from the House on various counts under the tenth schedule of the Constitution and Rule 6 of The Members of Meghalaya Legislative Assembly (Disqualification on ground of defection) Rules, 1988.

Lyngdon has stated that the Petition was filed so that the elected representatives do not make a mockery of democracy.

While thanking the speaker for the notices issued, she said “It is important for us that the office of the speaker has acted promptly on my Petition. The process will move forward in accordance with the law and I am confident that I have justifiable grounds to seek their disqualification.”

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