New Delhi: The Supreme Court, while hearing the petition filed by BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan for an immediate floor test, refused to accept the proposal for producing 16 rebel MLAs in judges' chamber. The court further said that the rebel MLAs may or may not go to the Assembly but they cannot be held captive.
"It is their choice whether they want to enter, comply with whips etc. But certainly, when an allegation is that they are being held in captivity, we have to see they are at free will," Justice DY Chandrachud said. The court also said it is not going to interfere in deciding who enjoys the trust but it will ensure that there is a free exercise of choice which these 16 MLAs can make. The hearing has been deferred for tomorrow at 10.30 am.
Digvijaya biggest dramatist: Chouhan
Senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan dubbed Digvijaya Singh of Congress as the "biggest dramatist", hours after the latter tried to meet rebel MLAs of his party in Bengaluru but prevented.
Meanwhile the BJP has written letter to Chief Election Commissioner saying, "Digvijaya Singh, who is candidate for Rajya Sabha election has gone to Bengaluru along with others, to pressurise 16 MLAs to vote in his favour, violating Model Code of Conduct". The party requested the CEC to take appropriate action against Digvijaya Singh and others so that Rajya Sabha elections are conducted peacefully and in a democratic manner said.
Senior leader and Congress’ Rajya Sabha candidate from Madhya Pradesh Digvijaya Singh arrived in Bengaluru in the early hours of Wednesday to meet the rebel Congress MLAs allegedly holed up in a city hotel. He said the Karnataka police are not allowing him to meet the MLAs.
Heavens are not going to fall if Cong govt remains
In the meantime, the state Congress on Wednesday, seeking more time from the Supreme Court in the floor test matter demanded a probe in the resignation matter of its lawmakers. “Heavens are not going to fall that Congress government must go immediately and Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s government must be saddled on the people,” party’s lawyer Dushyant Dave told the bench of Justices DY Chandrachud and Hemant Gupta.
“The MLAs must go back to the electorate and win the election again,” said Dave adding that the lawmakers are expected to serve their constituencies and not get up one day and resign.
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