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Tripura Speaker disqualifies MLA for Cong to BJP switch

Press Trust of India  |  Agartala 

Ramendra Chandra has disqualified under the anti-defection who recently crossed over to the from the

Nath, who was elected to the Assembly on a ticket from Mohanpur constituency had joined the on December 22 last year ahead of the elections which are due in the first half of this year.

The told reporters here today that he disqualified Nath from the Assembly under the anti-defection on the basis of a complaint lodged by Pradesh Committee (TPCC)

The served notices to Sinha and Nath on January 1 after the TPCC chief's complaint and told them to be present in his chamber on January 8 to hear the complaint.

Nath then wrote a letter to the Speaker saying he was ill and wouldn't be able to attend the hearing. He also said that he was expelled from the Congress by the TPCC and hence the anti-defection would not be applicable on him.

"I had received a complaint from TPCC for cancellation of membership of Nath and accordingly called Nath and Sinha to be present on January 8. Nath wanted time and I told him to appear before me yesterday (January 12) but he did not. Then I decided to expel him under the anti-defection Act," the Speaker said.

The term of the present 60-member House expires on March 14.

The Congress had 10 MLAs in the House after the 2013 Assembly election. Six of the Congress MLAs joined the and then switched over to the

Initially, the BJP had no MLAs in the House but the saffron party's strength rose to six after the switch-over. With Nath's joining the party, the strength increased to seven. However, Nath has now been disqualified.

The Congress is now left with two MLAs in the Assembly after one Congress recently quite the party on his own.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 19:15 IST