Anti Defection Law: Taking cognizance of a complaint made against two Trinamool Congress MPs, Shishir Adhikari and Sunil Kumar Mandal, for violating the anti-defection law, notice has been issued to them. These MPs have been given 15 days to reply to the notices.
The Trinamool Congress had written a letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla against both the MPs, accusing them of being involved in anti-party activities. In the letter, both the MPs were accused of working in favor of the BJP. Shishir Adhikari is an MP from Kanthi Lok Sabha constituency in Bengal, while Sunil Kumar Mandal represents Bardhaman East Lok Sabha constituency.
Shishir Adhikari is the leader of opposition in the Bengal Legislative Assembly and father of BJP MLA Shubhendu Adhikari. Shubhendu Adhikari had left the Trinamool Congress and joined the BJP before the Bengal Assembly elections. TMC alleges that Shishir Adhikari had campaigned in favor of Shubhendu Adhikari during the assembly elections.
It is believed that by taking this step three days before the start of the monsoon session of Parliament, an attempt has been made by the Lok Sabha Speaker to run the House smoothly. TMC was continuously requesting the Speaker to take action against both the party MPs. In a press conference on June 18, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, in response to a question related to this, said that TMC leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay had written to him demanding disqualification of both the MPs under the anti-defection law. The Speaker had said that the matter would also be referred to the Special Powers Committee of the Lok Sabha.
Along with these two MPs, YSR Congress MP K Raghu Ramakrishnan Raju has also been sent a notice on the complaint of violation of the anti-defection law and a reply has been sought in 15 days.
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