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SC upholding nomination of 3 BJP MLAs to assly; govt to file

Press Trust of India  |  Puducherry 

: The government Saturday said it would file a in the Supreme Court on its recent verdict, upholding the Centre's nomination of three BJP legislators as members of the assembly.

"The has delivered its verdict, upholding the nomination of three members to the The government will file a on the matter after consulting legal experts," V told reporters here.

had administered the oath of office to the three members, V Saminathan, K G Shankar and S Selvaganapathi,in her chamber on July 4, 2017, but V Vaithilingam declined to recognise them as MLAs and had cancelled their nomination.

The issue had intensified the rift between Bedi and the government. with the latter assailing her action as unconstitutional and contending that the Centre had 'unilaterally' nominated the MLAs without consulting the territorial government.

The MLAs then challenged the Speakers' action and moved the Madras High Court, which upheld their nomination.

Later, the leaders filed an appeal in the Supreme Court, which upheld the Centre's decision.

Bedi had on December 6 welcomed the verdict, saying she was "exceedingly grateful and happy" with the judgement.

On the contentious Mekedatu dam issue, said that the government had filed a petition Friday in the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the Centre to withdraw its approval for preparing a Detailed Project Report on the proposed dam across the in

He charged the Centre and the governments with taking 'injurious steps' to construct the dam, saying it would hit riparian states dependent on the Cauvery, as also Puducherry, "which will suffer a lot'.

On holding civic polls,he said the government was keen on holding them soon and added that a meeting would be held on December 17 to enlist the views of MLAs, who had requested that delimitation of wards be done properly before going in for the exercise.

The regretted that the Centre had not yet responded to the government's request for Rs 1,342 crore as relief to tackle the impact of cyclone Gaja in Karaikal.

"It is also unfortunate that the has been avoiding visits to cyclone hit and Karaikal. I am not able to understand the reason for this

He also questioned the 'arbitrary' functioning of the Lt Governor, 'ignoring' the democratically elected government and said he had written several letters to Bedi, questioning the propriety of her visiting offices and issuing on the spot orders to heads of various departments.

also said he had issued a standing order recently to all officers, asking them not to the statutory rules and to act with the knowledge of the ministers concerned while replying to the Lt Governor's oral orders.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, December 08 2018. 19:30 IST