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Congress moves Supreme Court against Goa Assembly Speaker for giving recognition to Congress MLAs joining BJP through defection in 2017 Assembly polls

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Goa Congress president Girish Chodankar on Wednesday filed a petition in the Supreme Court against Assembly Speaker Rajesh Patnekar for giving recognition to the Congress MLAs, who joined BJP through defection after the 2017 state Assembly elections.

The SLP has been filed by Lawmen & White (L&W), through its partners- Ujjawal Anand Sharma, Prashant Sivarajan and D. Kumanan (AOR).

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The petitioners said that even if the results of the new Assembly elections came to an erudite majority, there was a possibility of the buying and selling of MLAs. Therefore, the Supreme Court should intervene in the matter and take appropriate steps, so that it does not happen in the coming time, the petitioners urged.

According to the plea, the Bombay High Court gave its verdict, ignoring the arguments made against the Speaker’s decision. In the court, the defection in the Goa Assembly was made a merger of the party. In fact, after the 2017 Goa Assembly elections, the Speaker had filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against the recognition of the defection of Congress MLAs to BJP, terming it a merger of the party.

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The petition filed by the Goa Congress comes a day before the results of Goa Assembly elections. However, the term of the MLAs will end with the tenure of the new Legislative Assembly.

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