In the wake of court ruling on the disqualification of nine Uttarakhand legislators, the Congress leaders in Nagaland are now optimistic about the disqualification of eight other party lawmakers who defected last year and backed the T.R. Zeliang government in Nagaland.
‘8 Congress MLAs had voted in favour of the Zeliang ministry on February 5, 2015, during a trial of strength. Later, they defected from the Congress and joined the ministry,’ informed a source from Nagaland State Congress, adding, ‘We will cite the Uttarakhand precedence and pray for their disqualification once the case comes up for hearing in the Supreme Court in July.’
The sources further revealed that the party has enlisted the services of senior counsel and party leader Salman Khurshid to take up the case in the Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court on May 9 refused to put on hold the disqualification of nine rebel Uttarakhand Congress legislators and ruled that they could not be allowed to participate in the trust vote sought by the Harish Rawat government.
The eight members of the assembly claimed they had merged with the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF) but the Congress state unit maintained that no notification was received from the speaker on whether the eight legislators had merged with the NPF or whether the speaker had accepted their merger with the NPF.