JAC appeals for public support in 7 MLAs disqualification hearing

Gangtok, 29 Oct:

Joint Action Committee [JAC] against Disqualification of Seven MLAs has appealed to members of political and non-political organisations and general public to support the disqualification of seven MLAs under anti-defection law. The next hearing on the petition for the disqualification is scheduled to be held on 19 Nov at 1 p.m. at Sikkim Legislative Assembly.

It has to be mentioned here that a petition by PahalmanSubba, NawinKiranPradhan and Tshering Wangchuk Lepcha was filed at Sikkim Legislative Assembly on 28 June this year for the disqualification of seven former Sikkim Krantikari Morcha MLAs who later defected to Sikkim Democratic Front in 2015. The first hearing was held on 28 Aug, second hearing on 09 Oct and third is scheduled for 19 Nov.

Addressing a press conference here today, JAC chief convenor, Nawin Kiran Pradhan said, “We have decided to take this matter of the disqualification of seven MLAs as the people’s movement in a peaceful manner. We are not against these seven individuals but we are just fighting against the system to eradicate the practice of changing parties after getting the people’s mandate.” He added that this movement seeks to stop such practice and to ensure clean politics.

“We appeal to members of political and non-political organisations and general public to support us in this matter,” Mr Pradhan said.

He informed that JAC plans to meet political leaders of all parties except SDF on this matter. He urged the people to support JAC during the upcoming hearing on 19 Nov with their presence in the Assembly premises. He added that it is everyone’s responsibility to come forward to prevent such practices.

“We have full faith in the Speaker for a positive outcome in this hearing but if nothing happens then we would be compelled to take stringent action and to sit on dharna at the Assembly premises,” Mr Pradhan said.