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MLAs who switch should be banned from contesting polls for 1 term: Omar

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Former today said MLAs who switch parties should be banned from contesting elections for one term in order to prevent horsetrading in the event of a hung house.

He was apparently referring to the post-poll situation in where the BJP has staked claim to form the government despite being seven short of simple majority.

On the other hand, JDS leader H D Kumaraswamy also has staked claim to form the government with Congress' support as the two parties have a combined strength of 115 MLAs.

"Simply disqualifying defecting MLAs isn't enough to stop horse trading since most of them come back with a mandate of their newly-discovered party. They should be barred from fighting elections for a period of not less than one term," he tweeted.

The also defended the Congress' tactics in Karnataka, reminding the critics about the role played by the BJP in and last year.

"Whether the manages to form a government by supporting JD(S) or not, they shouldn't be criticised for trying. The BJP would be doing exactly the same thing if the positions were reversed," Abdullah said.

"What about the other states where the BJP sneaked in through the back door? What's sauce for the goose must be sauce for the gander," he said.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 15:40 IST