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Letter to BS: Gehlot must withstand the pain of defection from his party

The 91st Amendment to the Con­s­ti­tu­tion in 2003 had strengthened the anti-defection law by increasing the bar on the number of MLAs switching sides from a third to two-thirds

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot

This refers to the Chinese Whispers item “New partners” (July 29). Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati’s ire at the induction of all six of her Rajasthan MLAs into the Congress by Chief Minister last year is understandable. She is right when she says that Gehlot is crying foul over the poaching of MLAs by the BJP, but was ecstatic when the six BSP MLAs merged with the Congress. If he enjoyed the prospect of defection from other parties, he must also withstand the pain of defection from his own party.



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First Published: Wed, July 29 2020. 23:32 IST