Cong: examining legal options to challenge 10 MLAs’ merger
Stating that the merger of Congress party’s legislative wing into the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is illegal and unconstitutional, the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) on Wednesday said that it will examine legal options before filing disqualification petition against the 10 rebel MLAs.
“Neither Congress Working Committee at the Centre nor Pradesh Congress Committee has passed any resolution for the merger. In Goa, we didn’t hold any meeting and we have not taken a resolution for passing merger hence it is illegal,” said Girish Chodankar who recently resigned as the president of the GPCC.
Addressing a press conference in Panaji, Chodankar said that the legal cell of the party is currently studying several recent judgments passed by courts in Telangana and Tamil Nadu.
“We will study the matter properly along with examining earlier judgments and make our contention strong enough to counter the Speaker of the House and the government before the court,” he said. Chodankar said that it was due to the ‘greed’ that 10 Congress MLAs switched over to BJP, adding the party had sensed that some of the MLAs were joining when they were offered ‘packages’ by the BJP.