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HT Correspondent
Chandigarh , January 13, 2013
Rubbishing Haryana assembly speaker's decision on Haryana Janhit Congress' (HJC) five defector MLAs as 'illegal', the HJC leader Kuldeep Bishnoi on Sunday said it was an insult to the state, the institution of the speaker and that he would challenge the decision in Punjab and Haryana high court within a day or two.


Addressing mediapersons minutes after speaker Kuldeep Sharma's decision on the so-called merger of the HJC into Congress, Bishnoi said it had blotted the image of the state. He said it was also alleged that huge money too had exchanged hands.

"While chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda committed a sin by taking HJC defector MLAs, Sharma has committed a bigger sin by rejecting our anti-defection appeal and illegally ruling the merger of HJC into Congress from the chair of the speaker," he said, adding further that it was unfortunate that Sharma would act as a Congress worker and not as a head of a constitutional body, though, he hoped of justice.

"I remained the MLA as well as an MP representing HJC and my wife Renuka too has been an HJC MLA. The party was obviously recognised by the Election Commission, Parliament and the Constitution so far, yet it is shocking that Sharma decides that HJC had merged with Congress three years ago," Bishnoi said and scoffed Sharma's intention of delaying the decision to the hilt.

"Isn't it shameful that even after high court's directions to him to decide our case within four months and later even the Supreme Court directed him to decided before - January 12, 2013, which was Saturday, he gave his decision on Sunday (January 13, 2013). It is thus amply evident that he only strove to delay the case to the maximum," Bishnoi held.

Speaker's fiat, a rape of the law: Satyapal Jain

Satyapal Jain, the counsel for Bishnoi, termed the decision of Sharma as the 'rape of the law'. He held that the merger of any party required fulfilment of three conditions, as per para 4 of the 10th schedule of the law, whereas nothing as such had been done in this case.

"Even in case of two-third MLAs seeking merger of a party, the law required that the working committee (or Parliamentary board) of the party should take a decision, which too was required to be approved by its legislative party," he said and added that it was ridiculous to imagine that if a few Congress or BSP MLAs in a state merged themselves with some other party, the way HJC defectors had done in Haryana, it meant that these parties along with leaders such as Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati, respectively, too had merged with it.

"It is a perverse and a malafide decision and a joke on the Constitution and parliamentary democracy,'' he added.