The Sikkim Subject Committee has filed a petition seeking disqualification of twelve former Sikkim Democratic Front(SDF) Party legislators who joined the Bharatiya Janta Party(BJP) and ruling Sikkim Krantikari Morcha(SKM).
The ten of the twelve legislators joined BJP and two joined SKM. The petitioner Nawin Kiran Pradhan who had already filed a petition demanding disqualification of seven SKM legislators after they joined the SDF in their earlier government is still pending.
Pradhan informed that the main ground of the petition for disqualification is under Article 191(2) and Para. 2(1)(a) read with 6(1) of the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India.
“Since Sikkim Legislative Assembly is the concerned authority in this case we cannot go to the High Court directly”, said Pradhan while addressing the media. He also added that the ‘mass shifting is not constitutional and against the law’.
Speaking in the same line Lawyer Sabyasachi Chatterjee informed, “We have not seen this kind defection anywhere. The party which was nowhere in the scene suddenly becomes the largest opposition and in the last election, they have just secured 1.7 percent of the votes.”
“This is an attempt to breakdown and to change the political demography and Sikkim is the state which is being ruled by the regional party and now BJP with its muscle power is trying to change this demography and it is also an attack on the multi-party system which is basic element of the constitution of India”, Chatterjee added.