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BJD urges LS Speaker to accept Panda's resignation

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

has requested Sumitra to immediately accept the resignation of its

in a letter to the Lok Sabha said that since Panda had voluntarily resigned from BJD he cannot continue as an as per the terms of the tenth schedule of the Constitution which pertains to anti-defection provisions.

As per law Panda stands disqualified as a MP, he said adding "Now that he has resigned of his own accord, the proceedings for his disqualification under the Tenth Schedule need not be initiated by our party."

Panda was elected to Constituency in the 2014 on the BJD symbol and party ticket.

"He has been consistently engaging himself in anti-party activities as a result of which the party (BJD) was constrained to suspend him, which was duly communicated to your august office," the letter said.

The letter requested the to accept Panda's resignation forthwith since he ceases to be an as per provisions of the Constitution and the law so that the "necessary consequences may obtain and follow".

Panda was suspended from the primary membership of BJD by the on January 24 on the basis of a report submitted by two senior party leaders and

Panda resigned from BJD on May 28 and wrote to the Lok Sabha Speaker on June 12 with a request to accept the resignation.

BJD had a total 20 members in the Lok Sabha including Panda.

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First Published: Tue, July 10 2018. 16:15 IST