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SC notice to Nagaland Assembly Speaker

Kohima: The Supreme Court has issued notices to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly Speaker Vikho-o Yhoshu, two MLAs of Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) following a special leave petition (SLP) filed by National People’s Party (NPP).
According to sources, the party NPP had filed an SLP seeking to set aside the order of Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly who has accepted merger of two MLAs, Imnatiba and L. Khumo elected on symbol of NPP with the NDPP.
A Supreme Court bench that comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta served the notices to the Speaker and the two MLAs as to why the relief sought by the NPP not be granted.
The SC also issued notice on application for stay.
The case of NPP in Supreme Court is that both MLAs have incurred disqualifications by voluntarily giving membership of NPP by merging themselves with the NDPP and their membership of Assembly should be canceled.
The NPP contention is that both MLAs should stand disqualified because they have incurred disqualification.
Senior advocate A Sharan, advocate Amit Kumar with advocate on record Avijit Mani Tripathi appeared and argued for NPP and Mukul Rohatgi appeared and argued for the respondents.
The issue involved in the SLP is of far reaching consequences in as much as more often than not two third MLAs of original political party get merged with the other party and claim merger of legislative party and set up the same as defense to disqualification.
In smaller states of the country, the issue has become important as parties trying to cobble majority engineer defection in smaller parties by getting merged legislative party and claim merger of original political party.
Earlier, the NPP had challenged the order of the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly before Supreme Court by way of SLP which was registered as Diary No 12164-2019 in early April.
The NPP had argued that the order of the Speaker is in gross violation of paragraph 4 of Xth Schedule of the Constitution whereby two Legislators elected as members of NPP have been allowed to be merged with ruling party that is NDPP.
The NPP had also said that it violated the principle of natural justice as no notice was issued to the NPP before passing the order on merger of two legislators with NDPP. Furthermore, there was no merger of original political party that is NPP with NDPP.
The case is likely come for hearing after summer vacation, hopefully in the first week of July, sources said. (UNI)

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